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Four Rivers officials pleased with MCAS scores

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GREENFIELD — Four Rivers Charter Public School officials are pleased after their students’ latest Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System scores bumped the school up to a Level 1 ranking this year.

All 34 of the school’s sophomores scored proficient or higher on the English/language arts exam and 32 scored proficient or higher on the math exam. A majority of those students received an advanced score.

On the science exam, 28 out of 29 sophomores reached at least the proficient level.

Scores among the school’s seventh-graders and eighth-graders also improved from last year and were higher than the state average.

“Our primary aim is to engage students in their learning and help them care about getting smart and strong academically,” said Principal Peter Garbus.

“While we spend a small amount of time directly preparing students to take these tests, we mostly focus on teaching them to read, write and do math well and to think their way through the tasks and problems in front of them,” he said.

School officials say that the scores outperform all of the students’ sending districts. When comparing measurements of student academic growth, Four Rivers sophomores and eighth-graders placed ahead of sending districts. The seventh-graders were slightly behind from sending districts in math and significantly behind in English/language arts, said the school.

Nearly half, 15 of 32 current seniors, earned high enough MCAS scores to win John and Abigail Adams scholarships, which give students tuition waivers at Massachusetts public colleges and universities.

You can reach Chris Shores at:
cshores@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 264

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