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Education Officials Investigate Somerset MCAS Scores

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SOMERSET (AP) — State education officials are investigating a dramatic jump in MCAS performance by students at a Somerset elementary school.

Two members of the town’s school committee tell The Herald News of Fall River that the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is looking into whether fifth-graders at Wilbur Elementary School received some sort of illegal assistance last spring.

School committee member Jamison Souza says a parent made the initial accusation.

Wilbur fifth-graders had the best rate in the state of “advanced” scores on the math portion of the exam at 79 percent.

Not one student in the class scored in the “warning” or “needs improvement” category, even though more than half scored in those categories two years prior.

A department spokesman would neither confirm nor deny an investigation.

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Information from: The Herald News

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