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The Education Issue

How Massachusetts schools compare

The highs and lows of the state’s districts, from the Globe’s free e-book.

Curious how your community compares with neighboring cities and towns? Here are the highest- and lowest-ranked school districts in Massachusetts in three categories (vocational and charter schools are considered separate districts). The numbers are the most recent available from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

To see the ranking of every school district in the state, check out the Globe’s newest e-book, Massachusetts by the Numbers, free to subscribers. In addition to school rankings, this e-book offers community-by-community comparisons in vital categories ranging from housing to transportation and on lighter topics such as amount of green space, bike lane miles, and number of dog bites.

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STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO, 2007-2008 (Click here for the full list)

(Systems with a minimum of 100 teachers)

Top 10

Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational

9

Assabet Valley Regional Vocational

9.1

Whittier Regional Vocational

9.6

Amherst

10

Lincoln

10.1

Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational

10.1

Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational

10.2

Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational

10.3

Holyoke

10.4

North Adams

10.4

Bottom 10

Rockland

16.9

Acton-Boxborough

17

Dracut

17.1

Tewksbury

17.5

King Philip

18.2

Bridgewater-Raynham

18.4

Acton

18.9

Mendon-Upton

19

Northbridge

19.1

North Andover

19.5
State average (all public schools)13.6

STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO, 2012-2013 (Click here for the full list)

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(Systems with a minimum of 100 teachers)

Top 10

Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational

10

Salem

10

Southern Worcester County Regional Vocational

10

Lincoln

10.2

Monomoy Regional

10.2

Amherst

10.4

Dennis-Yarmouth

10.5

North Adams

10.5

Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational

10.5

Prospect Hill Academy Charter

10.7

Bottom 10

Medway

16.5

Bridgewater-Raynham

16.7

Belmont

16.8

North Attleborough

16.8

Acton

17

Dracut

17.9

Whitman-Hanson

17.9

King Philip

18

East Bridgewater

18.3

Shrewsbury

21
State average (all public schools)13.5

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AVERAGE TEACHER SALARIES, 2005-2006 (Click here for the full list)

Top 10

Lincoln

$77,541

Weston

$69,360

Boston

$69,076

Wellesley

$67,310

Newton

$66,911

Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational

$66,537

Cambridge

$66,485

Dover

$66,415

Greater Lowell Regional Vocational

$66,365

Minuteman Regional Vocational

$65,842

Bottom 10

Chesterfield-Goshen

$43,391

Hadley

$43,361

Savoy

$43,147

Barnstable

$43,012

Pioneer Valley

$42,762

Freetown

$42,189

Chicopee

$41,385

Petersham

$40,510

Truro

$38,473

Florida

$34,117
State average$56,366

AVERAGE TEACHER SALARIES, 2010-2011 (Click here for the full list)

Dover

$92,765

Sherborn

$92,381

Concord-Carlisle

$89,892

Dover-Sherborn (high school only)

$88,438

Richmond

$88,340

Lanesborough

$88,071

Newton

$86,560

Northborough-Southborough

$86,330

Worcester

$86,005

Bottom 10

Shirley

$54,213

Clarksburg

$52,340

Conway

$52,287

West Bridgewater

$50,616

New Salem-Wendell

$50,102

Hatfield

$50,028

Hawlemont

$49,426

Savoy

$44,898

Petersham

$44,340

Florida

$37,580
State average$70,340

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PER-PUPIL EXPENDITURES, 2005-2006 (Click here for the full list)

Top 10

Minuteman Regional Vocational

$25,563

South Middlesex Regional Vocational

$23,716

Cambridge

$22,732

Provincetown

$22,663

Essex Agricultural and Technical

$20,469

Blue Hills

$20,354

North Shore

$19,742

Assabet Valley Regional Vocational

$19,671

Nantucket

$18,564

Up-Island Regional

$18,462

Bottom 10

Easton

$8,362

Dracut

$8,276

Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional

$8,272

Narragansett

$8,236

East Bridgewater

8,070

Savoy

$7,990

Lakeville

$7,760

Berkley

$7,748

Douglas

$7,732

Georgetown

$7,680
State average$11,210

PER-PUPIL EXPENDITURES, 2010-2011 (Click here for the full list)

Top 10

Provincetown

$31,294

Cambridge

$26,305

Minuteman Regional Vocational

$25,373

South Middlesex Regional Vocational

$24,704

Martha’s Vineyard

$24,337

Orleans

$23,446

North Shore Regional Vocational

$23,333

Essex Agricultural and Technical

$22,760

Up-Island Regional

$22,381

Franklin County Regional Vocational

$21,379

Bottom 10

Dracut

$10,170

Wachusett

$10,170

Berkley

$10,124

Grafton

$9,970

Georgetown

$9,961

Hopedale

$9,945

Southampton

$9,890

Hadley

$9,770

Douglas

$9,674

Shirley

$9,648
State average$13,361

GET THE FREE E-BOOK

Massachusetts by the Numbers is free for Globe subscribers to download to their mobile device or computer (if you’re using an Apple device, install the iBooks app first). Find it at bostonglobe.com/ebook alongside other free Globe e-books on such topics as our favorite cookie recipes, the best columns of sportswriter Bob Ryan and art critic Sebastian Smee, our favorite cheap eats restaurants, and the “68 Blocks” series. Nonsubscribers can purchase Massachusetts by the Numbers for $2.99 at online bookstore websites where e-books are sold.

Send comments to matthew.carroll@globe.com.

Due to a design error, two tables in an earlier version showing per-pupil expenditures in Massachusetts school districts were switched. Because of incorrect information provided to the Globe Magazine, an earlier version of this story gave an incorrect average teacher salary for Greenfield in 2010-2011. The salary was $59,011.

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