Springfield Public Schools performing at highest academic level

The school district credits Level 1 success at these schools to dedicated teachers and hardworking students

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Students in the Springfield Public Schools are performing better. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced Monday that nine Springfield schools have achieved a Level 1 designation over the last four years; the state’s highest designation.

The school district credits Level 1 success at these schools to dedicated teachers and hardworking students.

“Ever since my oldest started at Fredrick Harris, they’ve been so amazing “said a parent.

Schools are ranked across the state from levels 1-5, based on their progress and performance. Level 1 schools need students to perform in the 75th percentile or higher. Springfield now has 16 Level 1 and 2 schools, compared to just five in 2012. The number of Level 3 & 4 schools has been reduced from 36 in 2012 to 29 in 2016.

Sumner Avenue Elementary School went from a Level 3 to a Level 1 over the last year.

Springfield Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Warwick says the new PARCC exam may be contributing to this success. The Dept. of Education said English and math scores improved. They’re now at the highest levels ever achieved by the district.

Tabatha Rosa, of Springfield said, “I don’t really think that it shows a full picture of our students, but if that’s what we need to do gauge our children’s education, then that’s just something that we need to do.“

Springfield embraced the new test last year for the first time, and administered it to grades 3-8. The high schools in Springfield are ranked either Level 3 or 4.

Level 1 Schools in Springfield:

  • Alice B. Beal School
  • Daniel B. Brunton School
  • Frank H. Freedman School
  • Frederick Harris School
  • Mary M. Lynch School
  • STEM Middle Academy
  • Sumner Avenue Elementary School
  • White Street School
  • Alfred Zanetti School

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