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ERIC Number: EJ941520
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8957
Worcester Technical High School: Laying the Foundation for Future Success
Principal Leadership, v11 n9 p82-87 May 2011
This article features Worcester (MA) Technical High School, a school that has achieved significant gains in Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) scores. The school opened as Worcester Boys' Trade High School on February 9, 1910, with 52 student ironworkers and woodworkers attending on weekdays and Saturday mornings--the beginning of vocational education in Massachusetts. In August 2006, what was then Worcester Vocational High School was transformed into Worcester Technical High School. Although the demographics of the city and technology and workforce demands have changed, the school's charge remains essentially the same: "to educate and prepare students, both academically and technically, to meet the challenges of a global society." Worcester Tech has met adequate yearly progress (AYP) goals for all four years, exceeding benchmarks in English, mathematics, and every subgroup, including special education. The graduation rate for the class of 2008-09 was 85.4%, and the school's drop-out rate was 4.2%, outperforming the district and state in all subgroup populations for graduation and dropout rates. It is a special source of pride at Worcester Tech that no African American students have dropped out.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System