Worcester Public Schools, Massachusetts
|Worcester Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||52|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Joseph M. Petty|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in Worcester
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 See also
- 12 External links
- 13 References
About the districtWorcester County, Massachusetts. The county seat of Worcester County is Worcester. According to the 2010 US Census, Worcester County is home to 806,163 residents.
Worcester County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of poverty rates but under performed in terms of median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Worcester County was $65,772 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The poverty rate in Worcester County was 9.9% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The US Census also found that 33.3% of Worcester County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
The current Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools is Dr. Melinda Boone, who was appointed on July 1, 2009 by the Worcester School Committee. Dr. Boone earned her Bachelor's degree from the Hampton Institute and her Master's degree in Audiology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne. She continued on to receive her C.A.G.S. from Old Dominion University and her Ph.D. from the College of William and Mary. Dr. Boone receives a salary of $180,000 per year. She has set the following goals for the school district:
- 100 percent of students will be guaranteed a rigorous core curriculum resulting in measurable gains in student learning
- A 50 percent reduction in the proficiency gap in English Language Arts, Mathematics and Science & Technology/Engineering by 2016-17
- In ELA, a CPI of 88.1 by 2016-17
- In Mathematics, a CPI of 83.7 by 2016-17
- In Science & Technology/Engineering, a CPI of 80.8 by 2016-17
- Increase the WPS graduation rate to 90 percent over 4 years or 95 percent over 5 years by 2016-17
- A 50 percent reduction in the annual dropout rate to 1.9 percent by 2016-17
- 100 percent of graduates will successfully complete high school coursework that prepares them for both college and career
Worcester Public Schools are overseen by a seven-member board, six of whom are elected to two-year terms. Worcester's mayor formally serves as the seventh member and Chairman of the board.
|Worcester School Committee|
|Joseph M. Petty||Mayor||N/A|
|John L. Foley||At-large||2015|
|John F. Monfredo||At-large||2015|
|Tracy A. O'Connell Novick||At-large||2015|
|Brian A. O'Connell||At-large||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Worcester School Committee are elected to two-year terms. There was no primary election and the general election was held on November 5, 2013. Six seats were up for election in 2013 and six seats will be up for election in 2015.
The table below displays the budget for Worcester Public Schools:
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Worcester Public Schools employed approximately 1,581 teachers during the 2012-2013 school year. Neither the school district nor the Educational Association of Worcester have publicly released the current contract, but the 2011-2012 contract placed teachers into salary categories based on qualifications and experience. During the 2011-2012 school year, the minimum pay for teachers was $41,628, and the maximum pay was $81,373.
Teachers and other employees in Worcester are represented by the Educational Association of Worcester, which is a part of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Education Association.
Schools in Worcester
Worcester Public Schools serves 24,740 students in 52 schools. Worcester Public Schools does not publicly archive enrollment data beyond the current school year.
Worcester Public Schools operates 52 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Worcester Public Schools|
|ACT Program at Chandler Magnet|
|Alternative School at St. Casimir's|
|Belmont Street Community School|
|Burncoat High School|
|Burncoat Middle School|
|Burncoat Street Preparatory School|
|Canterbury Magnet Computer-Based School|
|Chandler Elementary Community School|
|Chandler Magnet School|
|City View Discovery School|
|Clark Street Developmental Learning School|
|Columbus Park Preparatory Academy|
|Doherty Memorial High School|
|Dr. Arthur F. Sullivan Middle School|
|Dr. James A. Caradonio New Citizens Center|
|Elm Park Community School|
|Flagg Street School|
|Forest Grove Middle School|
|Francis J. McGrath Elementary School|
|Gates Lane School of International Studies|
|Gerald Creamer Center|
|Goddard School of Science and Technology|
|Grafton Street School|
|Hartwell Learning Center|
|Heard Street Discovery Academy|
|Jacob Hiatt Magnet School|
|James L. Garvey Parent Information Center|
|Lake View School|
|Lincoln Street School|
|May Street School|
|Midland Street School|
|Nelson Place School|
|Norrback Avenue School|
|North High School|
|Rice Square School|
|Robert H. Goddard Academy|
|South High Community School|
|Tatnuck Magnet School|
|Thorndyke Road School|
|Union Hill School|
|University Park Campus School|
|Vernon Hill School|
|Wawecus Road School|
|West Tatnuck School|
|Woodward Day School|
|Worcester Arts Magnet School|
|Worcester East Middle School|
|Worcester Technical High School|
|Grade and Subject||'||Proficient or Higher||'||Advanced||'||Proficient||'||Needs Improvement||'||Warning/ Failing||Students Included||CPI||SGP||Included in SGP|
|Grade and subject||District||State||District||State||District||State||District||State||District||State|
|Grade 03 - Reading||34||57||5||12||28||45||51||36||16||8||1,787||71.7||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 03 - Mathematics||43||66||14||31||29||36||30||22||26||11||1,788||70.3||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 04 - English language arts||35||53||5||10||30||43||39||33||25||13||1,767||67.2||48.0||1,531|
|Grade 04 - Mathematics||31||52||9||18||22||34||47||38||22||10||1,765||67.7||50.0||1,530|
|Grade 05 - English language arts||50||66||12||18||39||47||30||24||20||10||1,756||75.2||57.0||1,540|
|Grade 05 - Mathematics||43||61||16||28||27||33||30||25||27||14||1,755||67.8||53.0||1,553|
|Grade 05 - Science and Tech/Eng||29||51||9||20||21||31||45||36||26||12||1,751||64.2||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 06 - English language arts||52||67||7||16||45||51||31||23||17||10||1,665||76.9||56.0||1,466|
|Grade 06 - Mathematics||45||61||15||25||29||35||28||24||27||15||1,676||69.8||57.0||1,475|
|Grade 07 - English language arts||53||72||6||12||47||59||32||22||14||7||1,683||78.9||49.0||1,453|
|Grade 07 - Mathematics||34||52||11||19||23||33||28||27||38||21||1,700||60.9||41.0||1,467|
|Grade 08 - English language arts||59||78||9||20||49||58||25||15||16||7||1,589||79.5||45.0||1,352|
|Grade 08 - Mathematics||33||55||11||22||22||32||26||25||41||20||1,590||59.7||42.0||1,367|
|Grade 08 - Science and Tech/Eng||21||39||2||4||20||35||41||43||38||18||1,587||54.8||N/A||N/A|
|Grade 10 - English language arts||80||91||27||45||53||46||15||7||5||2||1,585||92.1||57.0||1,171|
|Grade 10 - Mathematics||62||80||37||55||25||25||22||13||16||7||1,589||80.1||49.0||1,182|
|Grade 10 - Science and Tech/Eng||46||71||9||26||36||45||44||24||10||5||1,455||76.3||N/A||N/A|
|All Grades - English language arts||51||69||10||19||41||50||32||23||16||8||11,832||77.1||51.0||8,513|
|All Grades - Mathematics||41||61||16||28||26||33||31||25||28||14||11,863||68.0||49.0||8,574|
|All Grades - Science and Tech/Eng||32||53||6||16||25||37||43||35||25||12||4,793||64.8||N/A||N/A|
National award for principal
On September 10, 2013, Worcester Technical High School principal Sheila M. Harrity won the National Association of Secondary School Principals' "High School Principal of the Year" award. Jacqueline Reis of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette noted that, "Worcester Tech's academic credentials have improved dramatically since [Harrity's] arrival. The percent of students scoring proficient or above on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System exams in English language arts rose from 27 to 88, and the percent of those scoring proficient or above on math went from 35 to 78. The school began offering Advanced Placement courses in 2008. The school's graduation rate, 96.4 percent, is the best in the district." Harrity responded by praising the students at her school and insisting to them that, "..the galaxy is the limit."
In January 2011, student results in English language arts, mathematics and science and technology in grades three through six were invalidated due to evidence of cheating. Proctors of the 2010 MCAS test coached students and wrote answers or portions of answers on behalf of their students. This academic dishonesty was discovered at the Goddard School of Science and Technology, where most of its students had performed below the proficiency benchmark in the previous year. District administration did not undertake disciplinary actions for any of the teachers involved.
Last rated on November 12, 2012.
|Transparency grading process|
- Current and archived budget documents, including revenue information, are posted.
- School board members are listed with contact information.
- Meeting schedule is posted, along with current and archived agendas. Action sheets for each meeting are also posted.
- Administrators are listed with contact information.
- Teacher salary, benefits, mileage and employment information is posted.
- Academic performance information is posted.
- Local tax information is not provided.
- Teacher and vendor contracts are not posted.
- Audit reports are not posted.
- Background check requirements for employees are not disclosed.
- Public records information and request procedures are not provided.
- School board elections portal
- Worcester Public Schools elections (2013)
- Massachusetts school districts
- List of school districts in Massachusetts
- Worcester County, Massachusetts ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, Massachusetts
- Worcester Public Schools
- Educational Association of Worcester
- Worcester, Massachusetts
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
- Massachusetts Association of School Committees
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed September 25, 2013
- Worcester Public Schools, "Schools Directory," accessed September 25, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Worcester County, Massachusetts," accessed September 25, 2013
- Massachusetts Secretary of State, “Enrollment Breakdown as of 2/15/2012,” accessed September 25, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Worcester Women's Oral History Project, "Transcript," February 28, 2013
- Amy Carboneau, EnterpriseNews.com, "Superintendent shortage has schools paying top dollar," May 19, 2013
- Worcester Public Schools, "Superintendent," accessed September 25, 2013
- Worcester Public Schools, "Rules of the School Committee of the City of Worcester," accessed September 25, 2013 (dead link)
- Worcester Public Schools, "School Committee," accessed September 25, 2013
- Worcester, Massachusetts, "Election Calendar," accessed September 25, 2013
- Worcester Public Schools, "Chief Financial and Operations Officer," accessed December 12, 2014
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, "Teacher Data (2012-13)," accessed September 25, 2013
- Educational Association of Worcester, "About Us," accessed September 25, 2013
- Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, "MCAS Tests of Spring 2013," accessed September 25, 2013
- Jacqueline Reis, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, "Worcester Tech Principal Sheila Harrity gets national honor," September 10, 2013
- Linda Bock, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, "MCAS test results invalidated at Worcester elementary school," January 21, 2011
- Worcester Public Schools, "District Administration," accessed September 25, 2013
- Worcester Public Schools, "Human Resources," accessed September 25, 2013
- Worcester Public Schools, "NCLB School Report Cards Information," accessed September 25, 2013