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Achievement Gap Holds Back Greenwich High

GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich High School earned a B- Thursday on a "report card" from the non-profit education advocacy group ConnCan. The organization  said Greenwich's grade, which ranks it as average among state high schools, results from the large achievement gap of its low-income and minority students.

Overall, Greenwich High ranked No. 26 out of 190 schools based on the percentage of students meeting state goals across all subjects.

But ConnCan also grades schools for the performance of low-income and minority pupils and grades them in a special "achievement gap" category. The latter measures the average gap between the performance of low-income and minority students and their non low-income and white peers. In this category, Greenwich High received an F, giving it an achievement gap ranking of No. 5 among 118 state schools.

Green High received a D- for the performance of low-income, African-American and Hispanic students, ranking it No. 47 out of 137 schools. This was down from a D in the same category last year.

The letter grades are based on results the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance Tests. Reports are designed to “create transparency and awareness about how public schools perform.”

“Connecticut residents deserve to know how well their public schools are meeting the needs of every student,” ConnCan says on its website.

Connecticut’s performance on national tests show the state has the largest achievement gap between low-income and middle class students and between African-American and Hispanic students and their white peers.

See the rest of the results online.

Check back with The Daily Greenwich Friday to see a comparison of how the district's elementary and middle schools were graded.

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