School exits Level 4 or “Underperforming” status as a result of year over year improvement among students
FALL RIVER – Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of Education Matthew Malone visited Matthew J. Kuss Middle School in Fall River on Sept. 23, 2013 to celebrate the school’s rapid gains in student achievement. Three years of substantial progress made by Kuss students on Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) exams now allow the school to leave its 2010 Level 4 “underperforming” designation behind. Kuss Middle School will now be designated as a Level 1 school.
“Kuss Middle School is a tangible example of the success we’re seeing statewide…and a renewed sense of commitment from our teachers, administrators and staff. I commend the Kuss Middle School…and continue to hope for a bright future for our schools that are still struggling.” — Gov. Deval Patrick
A Level 4 designation covers schools with both low performance on MCAS exams over a four-year period and no indication of substantial improvement over that period. Level 4 schools must develop a turnaround plan for the school and are eligible to receive federal School Redesign Grant funds.
In total, fourteen out of 34 schools previously designated as “underperforming” or Level 4 in 2010 will exit that status after meeting three-year turnaround goals established under Massachusetts’ Achievement Gap Act of 2010, which provides the framework and tools to support low performing schools in the accelerated improvement of both student achievement and learning environment. These 14 schools, including Kuss Middle School, now exiting Level 4 have successfully met their individual measurable, annual goals over the past three years by increasing student achievement and showing significant progress in implementing conditions at the school and district level for continuing to accelerate improvement.
Related: “Kuss Middle School: Expanding time to accelerate school improvement [Case study]“.