Eliot School Scores Keep Rising
Boston Public School that was failing six years ago is now pulling top scores in the city
Just six years ago, the Eliot K-8 School’s MCAS scores were among the worst in the city. But today, under the leadership of Principal Traci Walker-Griffith, this public school in Boston’s North End is the city’s top school in English Language Arts and second in Math based on the same MCAS scale.
The 2012-2013 test scores released today show 82% of Eliot School students advanced or proficient in math, compared to 24% in 2008, and 80% advanced or proficient in English Language Arts. Sixth graders’ math MCAS scores are the highest in Massachusetts. Student scores have increased steadily at the Eliot for six years, even as the school doubled in size.
“Traci hires role models as teachers,” says Joy McDonald, who has two children at the Eliot, “They are raising good kids even before the great academics.”
Last year, the Eliot was awarded Innovation status by the state, giving the school autonomy and flexibility in key areas including: curriculum, budget, and staffing. This flexibility, along with support from the state and city, helps the school meet student needs.
The school continues to serve students with disabilities in an inclusive environment, a strategy that has paid off. In just the last year, MCAS scores of advanced/proficient for students with disabilities rose to 74% in math, compared to a district average of 13%. In English Language Arts, students with disabilities achieving this level rose to 69%, compared to a district average of 15%.
Principal Griffith, a Lynch Leadership Academy Fellow, arrived at the Eliot in 2007 just before the school was named a Commonwealth Priority School and put on the list to be considered for closure. In the years since, she has worked tirelessly with the school’s families, teachers, and community to turn the school around.
“For five years as a public school and now one year as an innovation school, our spectacular students and fantastic faculty have worked hard, grown, and improved,” says Principal Griffith, “I am proud to be part of this supportive community and look forward to another year of amazing achievement.”