|For Immediate Release|
|Friday, November 9, 2001|
|Contact:||Heidi B. Perlman 781-338-3106, James Borghesani 617-727-2759|
Governor credits administrators and teachers for role in MCAS improvement
BOSTON - Governor Jane Swift sent a letter this week to every public school in Massachusetts, thanking the state’s teachers and administrators for their role in improving student performance on the 2001 MCAS exam.
Results released last month showed that 10th graders set a precedent setting high on the 2001 exam, with 82 percent of those tested passing English, and 75 percent of those tested passing math.
This means that more than two-thirds of all students in the class of 2003 earned the competency determination needed to graduate on their first try.
"This improvement is not an accident," said Governor Swift. "It is the result of hard work and support of students, teachers, principals, superintendents, parents and community and business leaders. I want to thank you for your assistance in helping the children of Massachusetts learn the skills they need to succeed. Without your hard work and dedication this success would not be possible."
In the letter Swift said she was not surprised by the improvement over past years. Over the past year, while visiting schools around the state, she has seen first-hand the efforts being put in by everyone to ensure all students are given the tools they need to meet the state’s high standards.
"These improvements are not the result of some overnight change, but the cumulative, daily efforts of students, teachers, parents and school administrators," she wrote.
Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll agreed, and thanked Governor Swift for her steadfast support of Education Reform.
"Though we clearly have much more work to do, the accomplishments of our administrators, teachers and students this year are impossible to ignore," he said. "Their hard work deserves recognition from the Governor, from me, and from every other citizen in this state."