BOSTON’S BEST PUBLIC SCHOOLS 2011

Our exclusive ranking of the region’s school districts.
Part I: In the Classroom | Part II: Achievement Scores


Ranking School District 5th Grade MCAS Scores: English 5th Grade MCAS Scores: Math 5th Grade MCAS Scores: Science 8th Grade MCAS Scores: English 8th Grade MCAS Scores: Math 8th Grade MCAS Scores: Science 10th Grade MCAS Scores: English 10th Grade MCAS Scores: Math 10th Grade MCAS Scores: Science Avg. SAT Scores: Reading Avg. SAT Scores: Writing Avg. SAT Scores: Math
1 Dover-Sherborn 88 82.5 80.5 96 83 69 96 95 96 586 593 616
2 Concord-Carlisle 89.5 81 80 94 77 70 96 92 93 601 601 617
3 Weston 91 86 85 95 77 75 94 93 83 615 617 623
4 Lincoln-Sudbury 83 77 76 94.5 77 64.5 97 93 73 599 597 616
5 Lexington 87 89 81 95 84 73 95 94 93 620 622 641
6 Manchester Essex 76 65 52 94 74 64 96 92 90 559 562 566
7 Wayland 83 76 73 95 82 80 94 95 89 601 607 628
8 Northborough-Southborough 79 68.5 68 94 68 57.5 93 91 90 556 562 576
9 Hamilton-Wenham 80 75 78 91 73 67 94 94 91 580 579 572
10 Sharon 80 75 77 93 74 62 96 95 94 580 590 593
11 Wellesley 84 77 64 95 76 44 96 95 77 608 620 625
12 Newton 85 80 76 91 77 64 89 90 82 601 608 619
13 Cohasset 78 78 79 95 79 59 98 94 87 547 556 561
14 Westwood 87 84 81 90 70 61 94 93 92 580 577 600
15 Acton-Boxborough 89.5 81 83 93 81 73 96 94 96 610 610 642
16 Newburyport 64 52 62 92 70 62 91 87 87 557 554 571
17 Medfield 81 62 63 92 76 74 95 97 95 581 573 592
18 Bedford 80 74 71 90 72 57 86 86 80 572 556 587
19 Holliston 77 74 76 93 74 53 91 92 91 578 575 593
20 Winchester 89 85 87 95 82 76 97 95 94 591 603 616
21 Masconomet 84 73.7 78 92 77 77 94 94 89 541 544 567
22 Belmont 84 75 73 96 77 78 94 96 92 580 589 608
23 Brookline 80 80 73 91 75 57 87 91 81 581 585 604
24 Marblehead 81 72 71 92 77 66 93 90 85 561 560 583
25 Cambridge Rindge and Latin 59 53 45 75 45 34 70 77 59 498 493 503
26 Westford 88 86 85 95 86 78 97 95 94 587 582 602
27 Duxbury 81 72 64 91 70 55 92 93 86 541 549 551
28 Old Rochester 83 70.7 75 88 75 53 90 90 79 516 519 527
29 Nashoba 80 78 76 89 80 65 94 88 91 559 556 576
30 Hopkinton 88 78 81 96 76 64 92 94 93 543 547 552
31 Needham 84 76 74 93 82 64 93 92 90 590 583 597
32 Natick 79 74 76 90 71 63 94 92 90 545 536 553
33 Medway 82 75 76 90 69 60 94 90 80 560 555 572
34 Lynnfield 85 74 77 90 72 56 96 95 92 546 557 578
35 Silver Lake 68.6 56.6 62.3 87 56 50 92 87 80 494 492 503
36 Foxborough 67 49 55 84 63 57 84 84 81 526 537 546
37 Burlington 77 55 68 86 64 48 84 85 76 522 520 546
38 Andover 84 82 79 92 76 65 92 92 84 563 559 586
39 Hingham 84 81 80 95 72 64 93 88 89 568 576 576
40 Swampscott 77 60 60 96 63 60 88 86 68 529 537 544
41 Ipswich 78 65 68 96 73 65 88 87 73 532 535 527
42 Ashland 71 66 62 88 61 46 95 96 80 531 534 554
43 Canton 82 73 76 87 67 63 86 84 84 521 522 561
44 Norwell 89 81 83 94 74 67 93 92 85 536 540 557
45 North Reading 85 67 68 84 58 49 89 92 88 536 534 550
46 Arlington 80 77 84 93 69 63 87 87 81 555 555 565
47 Rockport 75 60 68 90 65 59 85 78 68 515 494 501
48 Georgetown 74 42 54 81 51 36 92 88 90 570 566 584
49 Hanover 77 65 71 92 55 54 95 86 84 502 494 504
50 Somerset 73 63 64 82 49 46 90 85 73 504 488 519
51 Wakefield 70 66 57 83 69 44 83 80 86 517 526 523
52 Reading Memorial 76 73 66 93 76 55 90 89 89 538 538 563
53 Watertown 60 58 55 73 47 27 85 79 69 480 471 509
54 Waltham 56 43 53 76 53 34 83 74 65 476 475 496
55 Walpole 79 70 75 91 61 51 90 86 88 528 527 531
56 Littleton 76 60 71 84 46 51 87 87 88 532 530 536
57 Dedham 74 70 66 85 50 35 75 85 82 508 505 533
58 Freetown-Lakeville 69 61 66 85 63 40 90 86 83 528 529 532
59 North Andover 74 61 58 89 61 51 88 82 84 531 527 561
60 Scituate 87 83 80 92 66 57 91 85 78 524 527 543
61 King Philip Regional 75.3 65.3 71 87 56 54 92 86 88 546 554 543
62 Pentucket 77 65 70 90 67 66 87 85 76 542 529 536
63 Framingham 58 50 51 77 51 37 78 81 77 521 523 561
64 Carver 57 51 57 82 63 50 89 81 65 514 520 516
65 Marshfield 79 64 72 89 66 43 91 87 85 503 513 526
66 Franklin 81 78 74 89 65 59 91 89 82 542 544 561
67 Easton 71 71 69 90 71 69 94 87 71 523 529 544
68 Millis 70 70 79 81 41 34 98 84 78 546 545 542
69 Stoneham 77 64 60 84 58 41 86 83 78 491 481 496
70 Danvers 70 65 52 84 51 38 81 80 73 513 502 524
71 Milton 79 71 59 87 74 45 83 80 76 520 514 521
72 West Bridgewater 69 55 46 87 67 68 88 85 68 477 483 501
73 Norwood 64 60 64 81 45 41 81 76 64 498 499 513
74 Braintree 75 69 71 87 70 52 84 84 73 513 526 541
75 Hull 64 51 62 78 54 38 75 76 80 483 482 490
76 Hudson 63 57 51 82 63 34 86 80 62 508 511 520
77 Chelmsford 78 62 66 91 63 62 96 93 72 529 519 534
78 Dartmouth 67 54 61 84 60 56 81 79 76 514 505 544
79 Wilmington 76 60 61 85 65 42 91 90 81 519 517 534
80 Stoughton 62 56 44 78 58 44 86 77 74 490 487 506
81 Plymouth 68 57 66 86 59 49 82 76 70 502 489 510
82 Triton Regional 77 69 69 83 57 45 86 83 78 515 503 523
83 Marlborough 59 50 48 68 52 29 80 73 58 501 494 517
84 Mansfield 72 67 64 88 60 48 89 85 83 548 549 566
85 Maynard 62 46 62 82 47 39 79 67 62 512 500 527
86 Norton 72 70 72 80 55 40 93 88 88 511 498 511
87 Gloucester 62 48 46 72 37 33 79 73 64 504 495 498
88 Winthrop 60 38 47 69 39 27 82 86 65 477 494 510
89 Beverly 63 54 58 80 51 42 80 77 67 517 501 512
90 East Bridgewater 70 67 69 89 61 44 88 84 84 474 481 492
91 Pembroke 68 64 56 82 64 50 81 78 74 499 503 516
92 Amesbury 76 54 64 78 52 46 86 81 79 538 542 552
93 Billerica 63 53 50 82 58 40 78 84 72 515 518 539
94 Melrose 75 65 65 83 51 39 89 81 70 510 517 520
95 Seekonk 70 56 53 82 53 43 85 73 72 487 488 504
96 North Attleborough 78 68 71 86 62 51 87 90 96 523 508 533
97 Whitman-Hanson Regional 71 57 60 84 52 46 79 80 75 491 499 516
98 Medford 62 47 51 71 48 35 82 76 61 481 494 496
99 Middleborough 51 51 50 76 35 33 82 70 69 516 497 509
100 Swansea 64 59 60 76 39 46 83 75 54 532 524 517
101 Avon 70 65 68 86 60 23 71 66 44 464 461 452
102 Dighton-Rehoboth 63 54 49 84 56 43 82 80 70 504 486 504
103 Abington 61 54 47 77 43 33 87 76 78 509 496 523
104 Tewksbury 58 44 49 82 43 38 84 82 72 507 501 520
105 Fair Haven 73 43 57 65 38 32 77 78 60 513 505 512
106 Weymouth 67 52 60 78 45 38 80 77 77 492 481 506
107 Woburn 68 61 64 81 46 36 76 75 47 468 468 491
108 Quincy 56 50 51 80 48 37 72 76 70 460 455 518
109 Westport 65 64 64 78 51 50 82 75 64 484 464 485
110 Wareham 57 39 43 69 29 25 75 61 50 472 461 485
111 Randolph 48 44 34 68 44 24 68 73 50 450 443 424
112 Saugus 65 50 48 70 30 24 69 70 57 483 481 496
113 Dracut 60 37 48 72 33 27 83 80 74 501 481 509
114 Bellingham 66 49 68 81 53 41 85 81 50 501 489 503
115 Salem 47 39 41 61 33 19 65 55 47 453 448 465
116 Methuen 48 41 28 70 40 27 75 66 58 473 468 484
117 Peabody 64 52 48 79 48 43 71 71 54 488 482 506
118 Somerville 42 42 41 60 30 24 64 60 52 465 463 477
119 Malden 54 38 42 73 43 29 74 69 57 465 466 490
120 Attleboro 67 62 45 75 55 33 77 76 49 488 504 504
121 Rockland 58 42 39 77 39 25 70 70 44 496 484 504
122 Everett 49 42 23 62 32 14 67 56 38 433 432 445
123 Haverhill 43 40 40 67 40 30 69 63 51 492 478 495
124 Bridgewater-Raynham 62 47 58 76 50 38 80 79 57 497 483 516
125 Revere 54 50 48 76 43 35 68 69 52 453 438 464
126 Taunton 59 47 49 72 37 29 71 64 60 477 467 496
127 Boston 40 39 21 58 34 10 60 60 36 434 433 460
128 Holbrook 73 57 52 63 37 20 55 52 30 479 478 502
129 Lowell 37 31 19 59 34 20 64 61 43 462 449 477
130 Fall River 37 34 25 62 37 22 58 53 49 458 442 457
131 Lynn 43 36 35 61 30 15 66 61 47 430 418 445
132 Chelsea 39 25 23 59 37 13 44 39 42 428 412 449
133 Brockton 43 33 19 63 31 18 66 58 48 441 436 444
134 New Bedford 42 37 30 49 23 13 46 42 28 440 426 446
135 Lawrence 32 24 19 50 20 6 48 35 18 387 380 397
Research By: Mara Berg, Laura Biedron, Caitlin Bueller, Stephanie Horst, Rebecca Klein, Chris Malloy, Ursula Munn, Hannah Sawyer, Gillian Smith, and Lindsay Tucker
METHODOLOGY
Our rankings were computed by statistician George Recck, director of the Math Resources Center at Babson College. We gathered the most recent available data on area school districts by consulting school officials and websites, as well as the Massachusetts Department of Education. With this information, Recck calculated the mean scores for each category, then ranked the districts based on a weighted average of each school data point's difference from the mean.