Commonwealth Policy Center

Everyone expects that at the end of the school year a student will get a report card. But what about the schools? Are they measuring up? The Commonwealth is now releasing report cards for every school.  Each school will receive from one to five stars indicating the overall performance of the schools. Public schools will be tested for reading and math proficiency; The measure of improvements in test scores made from year to year (grades 3-8 only); Transition readiness after high school; Graduation rates; And other academic indicators like proficiency in science and social studies (in grades 3-8, and then later in grade 10). Last year, 89 schools received one star and 56 received 5 stars. Over 1000 schools were somewhere in between—which tells us there’s plenty of room for improvement for our public schools.