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State Presents Mid-Year Update To Parker Turnaround Plan

When Parker School was designated a Level 5 school, it may have caused some concern for parents in that district. A mid-year update on the school's turnaround plan shows those concerns were quickly addressed.

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TSM - Mitchell Chester (second from right) visits the Parker School earlier in October.
TSM - Mitchell Chester (second from right) visits the Parker School earlier in October.

Chester Designates Parker School As “Level Five”

 

The John A. Parker School in New Bedford has been declared a level five school, meaning its chronically underperforming, and will be taken over by the state.

Commissioner Mitchell Chester says while educators and students in the Parker School have been working hard, the school should be doing better.

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TSM - DESE Commissioner Mitchell Chester holds a roundtable at Parker Elementary School.
TSM - DESE Commissioner Mitchell Chester holds a roundtable at Parker Elementary School.

State Takeover Looms over New Bedford School

During a roundtable at the "Level Four" Parker School, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester made it clear.

Chester heard from school officials, teachers, and parents on any progress the school has made since it's "Level Four" designation three years ago, and where the school is still lacking

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Jim Phillips / TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) at recent School Committee Meeting
Jim Phillips / TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) at recent School Committee Meeting

Parker School Considered For “Level Five” Designation

State Education officials have reviewed the most recent MCAS scores from the struggling John A. Parker School in New Bedford, and they're not happy with the slow pace of academic progress at the so-called "level four" school

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