State education officials, citing persistently low MCAS scores, designated seven schools across the state — including two in Boston — as “underperforming” on Friday, while commending 48 others for robust improvement or high achievement on the tests.
The seven schools are the third group to be deemed underperforming under a 2010 state law, bringing the total number to 38, representing 2 percent of all schools statewide. While the designations bring bad publicity, they also enable the schools to take advantage of an array of measures to execute changes, such as replacing all teachers, if need be, and extending the school day.
The officials made the announcement as they released the latest round of MCAS scores for individual schools and districts, a popular barometer of achievement. The announcement came two days after officials released statewide testing results, which showed historic highs on the 10th-grade exams but troubling declines in reading scores in elementary schools.
Schools in affluent suburbs such as Lexington, Newton, and Concord frequently landed in the top five for various grades in English and math, according to a Globe analysis. But some Boston public schools as well as charter schools in Boston, Lawrence, and Marlborough also cracked the top five.
The Globe ranked schools based on the percentage of students who scored “advanced,” the top grade on the exams, administered each spring to grades 3-8 and Grade 10.
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