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Pittsfield School Committee Condemns Racial MCAS Question

The School Committee is condemning a racially insensitive question on the MCAS. But, they aren't sure what the best remedy to the situation will be. School administrators are now crafting a letter to the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley to have it on record that the Pittsfield School Department believes the question should not have been on the test and that the vetting of the questions failed.

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Adams-Cheshire Preparing Students For State Exams

Superintendent John Vosburgh told the School Committee on Monday night that the high school Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests for will take place in March and middle and elementary schools in April. Specific dates will be released in the near future.

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Mount Greylock School Committee Hears MCAS Reports

Lanesborough Elementary School is the only one of the three Mount Greylock Regional School District schools that met its targets in the state evaluations released this fall.

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Adams-Cheshire Principals Share Positive MCAS Scores

Overall, the district received a rating of 59 percent "partially meeting targets" which translates into not requiring "assistance or intervention."

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Adams-Cheshire Pleased With New MCAS Test Scores

Superintendent John Vosburgh told the School Committee on Monday that the district has received a rating of 59 percent "partially meeting targets" that means although there is much work to do, the district rating with the state is improving.

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Clarksburg Principal Looks to Spend More Time in Classroom

Her goal is to spend at least 30 percent of her week, or about 1 1/2 days, in classrooms. Instead of working around meetings, the first thing in her calendar will be classroom time and everything else will fall around that.

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Hoosac Valley High Sophomores Score Perfect MCAS Attendance

The principal said this is the first time the school has done this, and it is part of an effort to make clear to students the importance of the test not only for their future but for the school.

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Lanesborough Sets Bar High With Strong MCAS Scores

Elementary School teachers and students have set the bar high. The school held its first tests of the newly revamped Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests last year and the newly revealed scores show Lanesborough students trending ahead of state averages in nearly every category. The state is not placing an accountability rank on schools that have moved to the new system, but the first year will set a benchmark to measure growth in the future.

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Williamstown School Committee Member Questions Education's Emphasis on Technology

Johnson emphasized that his comments were meant to address the national trend in education and not reflect on Williamstown's priorities. And he said there are issues of equity involved in the rush to bring technology into the classroom.

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McCann Technical Scores Level 1 on MCAS Tests

Principal Justin Kratz said McCann was a Level 1 district three years ago but because the vocational students typically perform well on the test, it was hard to maintain the percentage of growth critical to the state leveling formula.

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Hoosac Valley Elementary Finding Success

Hoosac Valley Elementary School Principal Michele Colvin says despite all the changes in the district, the elementary school is unifying and thriving. Colvin said the school had to reinvent itself and even created a new mascot, the "Lilí 'Canes," and a new motto, Together Everyone Achieves More or TEAM.

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Adams-Cheshire School District Sees Promise in MCAS 2.0 Scores

Some of the biggest gains were seen in sixth-grade English Language Arts scores. In 2016, the medium growth percentile was 21; in 2017, the score was 55. Another big gain was the Grade 4 math average score that was bumped up to 61 this year over last year's 28.

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Pittsfield Looking to Turnaround Poor MCAS Scores

On Monday morning, the second-grade teachers at Morningside Elementary School gather in a conference room. The classrooms are being managed by support staff.

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