State Names Harvard Kent as Level 1 School

By John Lynds

The Harvard Kent Elementary School, a Boston Public Schools in Charlestown, was named a Level 1 schools in the state’s school accountability measure report that measures how schools narrow proficiency gaps.

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s 2016 accountability results showed the Harvard/Kent demonstrated improved performance in various key assessments.

The Harvard/Kent was one of 12 schools district-wide that rose to this status for meeting assessment targets.

The Harvard/Kent increased its overall Composite Performance Index (CPI) in English Language Arts (ELA) by 11.9 points and its overall Math CPI by 10.1 points. In ELA, every student subgroup experienced “high” levels of growth, indicated by a median Student Growth Percentile (SGP) of 60 or higher.

“Our most improved schools are serving some of our most vulnerable populations, which shows that Boston Public Schools is a leader in this work,” said Boston School Committee Chairperson Michael O’Neill. “Our teachers in all of our schools are fearless in tackling challenges and doing everything possible to close the opportunity and achievement gaps.”  BPS Instructional Superintendent Tommy Welch said a lot of amazing things are going on in schools here and across the city.

BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang said said the newly designated Level 1 schools serve as bright spots for the district as BPS enhances student achievement.

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