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Back to school: Worcester's top-rated and most improved public elementary schools

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By Hoodline - Published on August 13, 2019.

How do the public elementary schools in Worcester stack up?

We analyzed newly released data from Niche.com, which incorporates comprehensive report cards, rankings and reviews to help you choose the right school, to find out how schools in your area are performing and which have made the biggest leaps over the past year.

Chandler Elementary Community School's overall rating improved the most among its peers in Worcester, rising from a B- to a B, according to data from Niche.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the school, located at 114 Chandler St., enrolls 514 students. Chandler Elementary Community School serves a diverse population: 60% of students identify as Hispanic, 15% identify as black and 13% identify as white. Niche graded the school a B for academics (on an A-D scale).

The overall ranking comes from Niche's proprietary algorithms. A school's ranking might change due to many factors, including the relative rankings of similar schools and whether a school gained or lost peers due to openings or closings. Other numbers come from current public data from the U.S. government.

Academically, 56% of Chandler Elementary Community School's students scored as proficient or above in math, and 65% did so in reading. That's compared to city averages of 31% in math and 35% in reading. The school's improved rating is notable since it serves a less affluent population, with 81% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, 24% more than the city average.

It's not the only school that's climbed Niche's rankings this year. Burncoat Street Preparatory School saw its overall rating improve from a C to a C+. The school is located at 526 Burncoat St. and is a bit smaller, currently serving 259 students, of whom 47% identify as Hispanic, 31% identify as white and 16% identify as black.

Niche graded Burncoat Street Preparatory School a C for academics on an A-D scale. Burncoat Street Preparatory School's latest math proficiency was at 32%, and reading proficiency was 37%. Burncoat Street Preparatory School also serves a less affluent population, with 70% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

While some public elementary schools are moving up the ranks, others are consistently top-rated overall, including:

  • Worcester Arts Magnet School, with an overall rating of A-.
  • West Tatnuck School, with a B+ rating overall.
  • Midland Street School, rated B overall.

This story was created automatically using data from Niche.com, then reviewed by an editor before publication. Click here for more about how and why Hoodline is automating local news. Got thoughts about what we're doing? Go here to share your feedback.

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