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South Boston charter school proud of its record

A more accurate headline for the Jan. 3 Metro article “Departures at South Boston charter school raise concerns” would have been “Former Gavin Middle School students excel at new in-district charter school.”

Students at UP Academy nearly doubled their MCAS scores in both English and math, while the school’s withdrawal rate was 19 percent — below the 22 percent district average and the Gavin’s 25 percent historical withdrawal rate. Moreover, the school’s students had the highest math growth rate of any middle school in the state. The way this measure is calculated by the state rebuts any claim that our school’s MCAS improvements came as the result of serving a different student population.

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