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Feds Call for School Improvements

The federal government's No Child Left Behind Act program identified just three Greenwich schools as "in need of improvement" this year.

"We are not there yet, but we are seeing progress," said Superintendent Sidney A. Freund in a published report. "I am confident that if we keep our focus on outcomes and the strategies we're currently using ... we are going to be proud."

Under No Child Left Behind, eight in 10 students are required to achieve a level at or above proficient. Students in Connecticut were judged based on scoring CMT and CAPT tests. To achieve the level of adequate yearly progress, standards must be met by the whole school and by each subgroup of 40 or more students.

Greenwich High School is one of eight high schools in the state in its second year of needing improvement solely due to subgroup academic achievement in math.

All schools in year one of school improvement must implement a two-year improvement plan targeting the areas of academic deficiency through consultation with parents and school district staff members within 90 days.

Western Middle School is one of 59 schools in its first year of needing improvement due to subgroup academic achievement in both reading and math.

"Teaching reading skills to students in elementary and middle schools is our challenge; this year's data again show that the vast majority of schools that did not make AYP did so in the categories of reading or reading and math," said McQuillan in a prepared statement. "This issue is even more pressing with the growing number of Limited English Proficient students in our state."

Central Middle School is also in its first year of needing improvement, but is also one of 120 schools that have a hold pending next year's Adequate Yearly Progress evaluation.

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