Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


July 19, 2012

Smarties for Success: New AHS leader arrives



As Lord moves into the school, the district is also preparing for a scheduled accreditation visit in the fall, during which every aspect of the high school community will be scrutinized by education experts for four days. Recently, teachers approved the self-study reports to allow the NEASC process to move forward, and a warmup visit will be held midway through September to prepare for October's visit.

Once that process ends, Lord said he'd like to reach out to the Programme for International Student Assessment to see how Andover High compares on a global scale.

"I'd love to get an international assessment in here, like the PISA assessment that assesses our kids internationally," said Lord. "The kids in Sweden, Denmark, Singapore, these are some of the top international students. How do our kids fare against these kids internationally?"

Lord pushed for PISA to come to Shea High School, and his former school was ultimately selected to be one of 200 American schools analyzed by PISA, he said.

The outcome of the visit hasn't been returned to the community, so he doesn't know yet how his old school fared.

"If this is something the community is interested in, we can study it," said Lord.

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As the summer moves forward, the school community is also interviewing candidates for both the system's athletic director, to fill the vacancy of recently-resigned director Chris Bergeron, and for an assistant principal to replace Christopher Phillips, who resigned at the end of the year to take a principal position elsewhere.

On Friday and Monday, Lord interviewed eight candidates for the new assistant principal spot, he said. School leaders expects to have both positions filled sometime in August.

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