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Governor:Deval Patrick
Commissioner of Education:Mitchell D. Chester
Quality Counts state grade:B
Pre-K-12 enrollment:954,648
Number of school districts:392
Number of public schools:1,829
Number of public school teachers:68,754
Unadjusted education spending per student:$14,699
Percent minority students:32.0%
Percent of students eligible for free/reduced price lunch:34.2%
Percent of students with disabilities:17.5%
Percent of English-language learners:5.8%
NAEP Mathematics 2011 percent proficient
4th grade math:58.4%
8th grade math:54.6%
NAEP Reading 2011 percent proficient
4th grade reading:47.5%
8th grade reading:48.2%

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The schools in Lawrence have made steady progress in raising student achievement and graduation rates since state education officials stepped in to turn around the struggling district.
May 5, 2015 - Education Week
A campaign in Lawrence, Mass., to convince students not to give up on diplomas includes intensive supports and customized pathways to graduation.
May 5, 2015 - Education Week
While many educators find benefits to using tech-based instructional materials, they find a mix of digital and print works best for their students.
April 14, 2015 - Education Week
Following his district's big academic gains, receiver/superintendent Jeffrey Riley explains why he won't yet implement the standards assessment.
March 23, 2015 - Education Week
New Republican governors in Illinois, Maryland, and Massachusetts are looking to push K-12 initiatives and make budget choices affecting schools in states where Democrats control the legislatures.
March 3, 2015 - Education Week
Advocates predict this month's endorsement from the Boston teachers' union will spur more districts to extend the school day.
January 27, 2015 | Updated: January 30, 2015 - Education Week
Ensuring that charter schools don't turn away students with special needs and English-learners is the goal of secret-caller programs in the District of Columbia and Massachusetts.
December 5, 2014 - Education Week

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