Williamstown, Lanesborough schools earn Level 1 rating

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This story has been modified to reflect that the schools earned the Level 1 rating outright and not because of a provision that would have held them harmless from the results.

WILLIAMSTOWN — The results are in, and Williamstown and Lanesborough once again have three top-notch schools.

Lanesborough Elementary, Williamstown Elementary, and Mount Greylock Regional High School are all Level 1 schools after the most recent round of standardized testing, the district announced earlier this week.

This was the first year the schools had made the switch from the Massachusetts Comprehensive System (MCAS) to the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing system. Although the schools would have been held harmless from the results, state officials confirmed they earned the Level 1 rating outright.

"All three schools have been working hard at ensuring our students receive a high-quality education, and these ratings are a reflection of that effort," said Superintendent Douglas Dias in a statement.

Schools are rated based on test scores and how well they close achievement gaps by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on a Level of 1 to 5, with 1 being the highest performing.

Williamstown Elementary saw an improved performance in test results from both its high needs and general student population, according to the district's announcement. Lanesborough Elementary officials were similarly pleased with their results, receiving the highest possible score for closing the gaps of high needs students. Mount Greylock saw improvement between eighth grade to 10th grade students in math and science scores.

"Given this was our first time with the PARCC assessments, we obviously felt some trepidation as we ventured into the unknown together," said Lanesborough Elementary Principal Martin McEvoy. "I think this shows we are certainly on the right track in terms of rigor and the Common Core."

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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