WORCESTER – The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) release annual accountability indicator data on Tuesday for all public schools and districts across the state. I collected the data based on the 2022 – 2023 school year.
The data are reflective of student scores on the annual Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exam along with other indicators, such as student attendance, graduation rates, advanced coursework, and English language proficiency.
For the entire district, the Worcester Public Schools (WPS) was classified as “not not requiring assistance or intervention.” The rating only has two possible outcomes, the other being requiring assistance or intervention. DESE said the WPS progress toward improvement targets was 41 percent, which it calls moderate progress to improvement goals.
In areas of improvement, 16 WPS schools saw accountability percentile increases of 5 percent or more.
- The school with the strongest improvement was Chandler Magnet Elementary School, which increased by 19 percentage points.
- Lincoln Street Elementary, Lake View Elementary, and Nelson Place Elementary all tied for the second-highest increase with 16 percentage point increases.
- Sullivan Middle, Clark Street Community Elementary, Chandler Elementary, and University Park Campus School tied for the third-highest growth with 14 percentage point increases.
- The remaining schools also saw growth by 5 percentage points or more: Heard Street (13 points), Canterbury Street (10), Goddard (10), Burncoat Middle (6), May Street (6), City View (5), Columbus Park (5), and Grafton Street (5).
The number of schools categorized as “requiring assistance or intervention” has declined from 13 in 2019 to 10 in 2023.
MCAS Scores Summary – Worcester Public Schools
Each category lists the percentage of students meeting or exceeding expectations over the last three school years, starting from the latest to the 2022 – 2023 school year.
English language arts – 27%, 27%, 28%
Math – 24%, 23%, 15%
Science: 25%, 23%, 21%
English language arts – 36%, 39%, 42%
Math – 26%, 27%, 29%
Science: 22%, 24%, (no data)