HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – The Holyoke Public Schools saw a dramatic increase in graduation rates in the last school year.
According to the latest state data, 60% of Holyoke students graduated high school in four years. That’s a 7% increase from the year before. Right now, state education officials are considering a state takeover of the district.
Holyoke Teachers Union President Gus Morales told 22News focusing only on standardized test scores and other statistical numbers is not the right way to measure Holyoke students’ success and potential.
“People don’t want to address the standardized testing issue. That’s what drove us into the place we’re in right now. You know, you take Dean Tech it was producing great electricians, plumbers and landscapers. Now they’re struggling and they are struggling because of the standardized situation,” Morales said.
The statewide graduation rate was 86.1%. The state may decide in March if Holyoke will be placed under state receivership. 22News has been following that story and will have the latest information when it becomes available.