Report measures which schools are improving, which aren’t

BOSTON (AP) — Four schools in Lawrence, Springfield and Worcester designated as underperforming are on track to leave that label behind as their reach their turnaround goals.

Another 13 so-called Level 4 schools in Boston, Holyoke, Lawrence, Salem and Springfield will remain among the lowest performing in Massachusetts. One school — Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Boston — has been added to the Level 4 list.

That’s according to a report released Wednesday by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The department has commended 45 schools for high achievement for strong progress and narrowing proficiency gaps.

The department also noted five communities — Gloucester, Cambridge, Everett, Mashpee and Nantucket — have joined the ranks of districts where all schools are ranked Level 1 or 2, the two highest rankings.

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