To everyone associated with the McCann Technical School and Mount Greylock Regional High School communities, we offer our sincere apologies for any and all harm caused by a story in Friday's sports section.
A segment of the story in question unintentionally cast aspersions on the academics of McCann and colored in a pallor the social environment at Mount Greylock. This serious editorial mistake has caused a great amount of angst for many -- and rightfully so. Not only was it unjust on our part to allow this error to see the light of day, but the statements were simply wrong.
McCann Tech is in fact a strong academic institution. The MCAS scores published in spring 2013 show McCann as a Level 2 school, out of five levels, and it was a Level 1 in 2012. McCann scored so well in 2012 that it left little room for improvement, but it did just that with an additional five students testing into the Proficient or Higher category with one less student taking the exam. Levels are determined by median student growth percentile, not flat scores, which punishes schools -- like McCann -- for already having reached high levels of achievement.
McCann students scored markedly better than the state average in the spring 2013 MCAS scores. Ninety-one percent of 10th-graders tested at a proficient or higher level in English Language Arts. The state average was roughly 70.
As for math, McCann had 74 percent of students at the proficient or higher level, while the state average was about 60.
Of the 2013 class, 64 percent chose to further their education, 2 percent joined the military and 34 percent joined the work force. Of that 34 percent, nearly half (48 percent) went on to work in their field of study at McCann.
McCann principal Justin Kratz cited numerous North County staples as hotbeds for McCann graduates entering the workforce, in addition to businesses like SABIC and General Dynamics in Pittsfield.
Further, McCann's athletics teams possess the same competitive spirit, dedication and sportsmanship as their peers throughout the county.
Regarding the Mount Greylock community, we would like to underscore the fact that the Transcript is not in the business of propagating stereotypes, now or in the future. We in no way wish to create hostile environments for anyone attending, working in or visiting the school by disparaging the social environment. It is not our place to judge such things, and we know that administrators, teachers and students at Mount Greylock go to great lengths to create a collaborative atmosphere there.
The mistakes we have made are felt throughout the Northern Berkshire community, and as part of that family, the Transcript extends a sincere and heartfelt apology to all affected by them.
Michael Foster is the editor-in-chief of the Transcript. Josh Colligan is the sports editor.