With all the manufactured realtor hoopla about "most improved" (that's embarrassing just as it is), the actual stats are worse than mediocre where it counts, where college admissions officers are paying attention:
These scores are downright pathetic, at or below the state level.
SAT Reading: 523 SAT Writing: 509 SAT Math: 522
Just because the administrators want to garner awards and consultant positions for themselves, they force teachers to "drill and kill" for the stupid tests (PARCC, MCAS) that make them appear golden to the DESE drones who they think will advance their careers. Same deal with shoving as many students as possible into AP courses, whether or not they are appropriate for the students or taught competently. Foreign Language, for example, continues to have deplorable AP scores, almost across the board. What is the administrative response to continued decline in FL scores? To make the chair head of even more things now instead of sending her packing, and to shove even more kids into these poorly taught classes, whether it's good for them or not.
This is now the typical administrative response to all areas. OCR Findings of multiple violations of Federal law... No problem. The SC gives the superintendent such high rankings that she can now sue the district if they try to remove or discipline her. Great, just great. And do they care that we are all going to be paying in multiple ways for this comprehensive failure in oversight and accountability? Absolutely not. They demonstrate their contempt with every phony agenda, powerpoint, award, PR piece, effectively giving the community the finger.
Oh, just for good measure, now only 85.9% of MHS grads are attending college (2- or 4-year, where only a very few years ago it was 98%).
But that's swell, all good. Onwards to the Victorian Fair, sensitively scheduled for the 15th anniversary of 9/11, because Melrose is all about sensitivity and cultural proficiency, doncha know....
Previous poster highlights real concerns.
Not one MHS Foreign Language student passed their AP tests.
By contrast, 100% of Dr. Peterson's Calculus students got a 3 or above. This administration drove away Dr. Peterson, who now teaches in Newton. It will be interesting to see how well this year's crop of students performed without Dr. P. Most likely the answer will not be good.
While administrators here brag about the so-called fabulous AP scores at MHS, this chart shows how poorly MHS stacks up to similar demographics with only 71.2% total AP scores as passing (3 or above) compared to many others in the 80s and 90s. APs shouldn't be the focus, but since they continually want to brag about this, it really isn't so flattering looking at the whole picture.
But then this is a district that Taymore hired a PR firm to spin because the truth really is (or should be) concerning and therefore she and the school committee decided to spend taxpayer dollars ($9,000) to whitewash rather than allow the naked truth to be openly available.
The more we learn the more disgusting it is.
May be better this year under Mr.Merrill.
Did the children this year pass the AP test?
Not looking good is what the word is.