In April 2015, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to designate the Holyoke Public Schools chronically underperforming (Level 5), placing the district in state receivership. In July 2015, Stephen Zrike became the Receiver of the Holyoke Public Schools. The receivership provides the opportunity for a significant, sustained district turnaround in Holyoke.
The Turnaround Plan (2015) (PDF) | En Español (PDF) was released October 1, 2015, and renewed for another three years effective October 1, 2018. Now, in 2018, following the path set forth in that plan and driven by the steadfast commitment and collective effort of our educators, families and students, we are proud of the improvements Holyoke has made during the last three years of receivership. Student learning gains are improving as more students are achieving on grade level, the graduation rate has increased, and students are thriving in welcoming, safe and supportive schools. Read the renewed Turnaround Plan (2018) (PDF) |En Español (PDF)and Letter from Commissioner Riley (PDF) | En Español (PDF).
Across the district, a spirit of collaboration and empowerment has taken hold. We are building a system where school leaders and their teams have the knowledge and support necessary to create and foster school learning environments that deliver on the promise of a pathway of excellence for every student. School leaders and their teams partner with parents, families and community agencies to fully support the whole child.
System-wide, we have raised expectations and centered on a collective mission:
To be the 1st educational choice for Holyoke families by designing multiple pathways where all students graduate prepared to excel in college, career and community leadership.
At the core of the original plan was the firm belief that all Holyoke students deserve a world-class education. There is still significant work ahead to achieve this reality. English language arts and math scores remain below state expectations and many of our students still do not graduate high school. We cannot afford to mistake improved for acceptable.
We have already demonstrated that, by working together, much improvement is possible. Let us continue to partner together to ensure a pathway for every student!