The Mayor's Ad Hoc Committee to Establish an Exam School and/or International Baccalaureate Program


Mayor Petty outlined the mission of the group.

  • The committee will study and report to the School Committee the feasibility of:
    • establishing an exam school for high achieving students in grades 9 to 12 which would develop and promote academic excellence relevant to success in the 21st century.
  • The report will include:
    • an analysis of potential risks and benefits of such a school
    • a recommendation for a school focus
    • a recommendation regarding the International Baccalaureate program
    • recommended criteria useful for identifying students for admission
    • recommended enrollment and
    • projected costs


Tracy O’Connell Novick, Chair
     Mary Lou Anderson Ericka Fisher
     John Brissette Jack Foley
     Richard Burke Carl Herrin
     Donna Colorio Calvin Hill
     Joseph Corazzini Laura Maloney
     Jennifer Davis Carey Brian O’Connell

Preliminary documents shared with committee members for review:

THE ELITE ILLUSION: ACHIEVEMENT EFFECTS AT BOSTON AND NEW YORK EXAM SCHOOLS, 2011; Atila Abdulkadiroglu, Joshua D. Angrist, and Parag A. Pathak;

Anti-Lemons: School Reputation, Relative Diversity, and Educational Quality, 2011; W. Bentley Macleod and Miguel Urquiol;

The Effect of Tracking Students by Ability into Different Schools: a Natural Experiment, 2012; Nina Guyon,a Eric Maurina and Sandra McNally;

Selective Schools and Academic Achievement, 2008; Damon Clarke;

School Functioning and Psychological Well-Being of International Baccalaureate and General Education Students A Preliminary Examination, 2006; Elizabeth Shaunessy Shannon M. Suldo Robin B. Hardesty Emily J. Shaffer;

Working to My Potential: The Postsecondary Experiences of CPS Students in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme, 2012; Vanessa Coca, David Johnson, Thomas Kelley-Kemple, Melissa Roderick, Eliza Moeller, Nicole Williams, and Kafi Moragne;

Raising all boats? An examination of claims that the International Baccalaureate diploma program is good for all; RP O'Connor, 2011;

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate Programs: Optimal Learning Environments for Talented Minorities?, 2007; Robin M. Kyburg, Holly Hertberg-Davis and Carolyn M. Callahan;

Expanding Opportunities for High Academic Achievement: An International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in an Urban High School, 2008; Anysia P. Mayer;

Public Hearings Dates & Locations

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Quinsigamond Community College
Harrington Learning Center, room 109B

Monday, October 15, 2012
8:00 p.m.
College of the Holy Cross
Hogan Center, Suite A

Monday, October 22, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Worcester State University
Student Center, Blue Room

Monday, October 29, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Clark University
Higgins University Center
Grace Conference Room