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Tewksbury High Doesn't Crack Top 50 Boston Magazine Schools

The magazine used a variety of statistics to compile its list. See how Tewksbury fared in a variety of categories.

Boston Magazine recently compiled its list of 222 Boston-area public and charter high schools and also narrowed down the top 50 schools in the area based on a variety of statistics, and Tewksbury High School found itself in the middle of the pack in a variety of categories.

The school didn't find its way onto the Top 50 list in the magazine. Weston High School took top honors followed by Lexington High, Dover-Sherborn Regional High, Concord-Carlisle High and Wellesley Senior High.

Schools nearby Tewksbury that made the list include Andover High (27), North Reading (32) and Burlington (43).

According to the sortable list in the article, Tewksbury was in the middle of the pack in categories such as percent of graduation and percent of students going on to college. The school features a 88.4 percent graduation rate and an 87 percent rate of students going on to college.

Tewksbury's 10th grade English, math and science MCAS scores were 87, 83, and 70, respectively, which was slightly below average in the group of 222 schools.

So what's your take on the numbers? Do you think they accurately portray Tewksbury's educational efforts, or are they misleading? Let us know in the comments section below.

TomH September 20, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Some 0ne made a reference to 'lazy students'. I think a lot of people would be quite surprized if the entire student body was tested for marijuana. I have an idea where at least part of this 'laziness' comes from.
Avax September 21, 2012 at 05:20 AM
I'm am relatively optimistic. I like Superintendent O'Connor's energy and passion for the job. I believe if I were a teacher in this town, I would be motivated by him. I certainly am motivated by him as a parent of school age children. I was fairly impressed by the new high school, it looks like a wonderful environment to teach and learn. I hope the high school teachers have both learned and healed from the past and can be enthusiastic to work every day in our new 87 million dollar facility. I really think that Tewksbury is heading in the right direction. However, I must say, last year we had one teacher who offered a 15 minute window for extra help. This was for the whole class. How many struggling kids can be helped in 15 minutes I ask? Such time clock mentality is not going to get us where we aspire to be. Thus there is still much work to be done. Ultimately it is not our school department or our teacher's responsibility to ensure our kids to learn. It is their responsibility to implement the best learning framework possible within the budget constraints. This equates to maximum learning potential. The onus to actually take advantage of this framework and learn falls squarely on the parents and the students.
Comment September 21, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Avax - they are required by their contract to offer at least one hour of extra help per week. That teacher probably just broke it up into 15 minute segments so he/she would be available more days to help with parent scheduling. One of my child's teachers explained their contractual extra help requirement during open house. During the discussion he said he had to report his extra help hours and show they were at least one hour a week, but he always stays with the child longer if it's needed. My child's teachers this year all said they will never walk out on a kid who makes the effort to go to extra help just because the "official" time is up. They want to help the students who make the effort. I know there are teachers who are not great - I've dealt with some of them. Try not to let the questionable one you get taint your view of all of them.
Jon Pratt September 21, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Hey become a substitue teacher see how it is a culture of dysfunctionality . I felt like I was in a sea of lost childern . Teacher so distracted from teaching due to all the mandated stuff that takes priority,.contractual disruptions and administrative ineffectiveness causes them to shut down. Most dread the profession but you can't beat the perks if you are raising a family.
Jane Dough September 25, 2012 at 01:31 PM
"if a child is from a less than stellar home, they are not going to do well and there's not a damn thing the teachers can do. " Historically there have been PLENTY of successful people coming from 'less than stellar homes'. It DOES take a village. IMHO, root of the problem is a result of what MANY have difficulties with...the 'R" word. It is the RESPONSIBILITY of the teachers to teach to ALL children. It is the RESPONSIBILITY of the parents to parent/teach responsibility. It is the RESPONSIBILITY of the students to learn & seek help when they need it. And the horrible cycle begins. Some will 'blame' the students for their own learning difficulties; even more cowardly, blame it on 'laziness' , 'non-stellar parents' or 'MCAS' & needing certifications;an issue for another day. It's difficult raising kids in the MCAS generation. But it has brought things into perspective. I WAS anti MCAS in the beginning as it heightened stress and anxiety levels of our youth, trying to pass the tests - increase in behavioral health needs at earlier ages supports this. But when viewing it as a tool to monitor teachers capabilities of teaching our youth, it brings new light & holds them responsible for their teaching, or lack there of.. If we all do not put on our big-boy/girl pants and take responsibility for these issues, the blame game will continue to generate lame educations & a lame future for all. This is our future/next generation. No building & technology will ever change that.

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