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Greenwich Elementary Falls in State Rankings

GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich’s elementary schools scored a “B+” on a Connecticut education advocacy group's annual report card but Hamilton Avenue School slipped on overall student performance.

Of Greenwich’s 11 elementary schools, Hamilton Avenue was the only one to receive a grade of “D+” on the report card from the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now , also known as ConnCAN. It is ranked 282 of 571 of all elementary schools in the state.

In September, the Connecticut Department of Education reported that Hamilton Avenue School failed to meet federal requirements under No Child Left Behind in the 2010-11 academic year. It was the only elementary school in the district that failed to reach the Act’s adequate yearly progress maker.

Overall, Greenwich’s elementary schools ranked of 41st out of 163 districts.

North Mianus and Riverside Schools elementary schools received an “A." International School at Dundee, Glenville School, North Street School, Old Greenwich School and Parkway School earned an “A-;" Cos Cob School earned a “B+;” Julian Curtiss received a “B-;” and New Lebanon received a “C.”

At the middle school level, Eastern Middle School received an “A” and ranked of 15th out of 298 in the state in overall student performance. Central Middle School received a “B+” and Western Middle School received a “B-“ in the same category.

The rankings also measure the performance of African-American and Hispanic students.  Central and Western Middle Schools received a “C-“ grade in that category. But Eastern Middle School was graded as a “Top 10” school for Hispanic student performance, ranking of seventh of all middle schools in the state.

The letter grades are based on students' scores on the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance Tests. Reports are designed to “create transparency and awareness about how public schools perform," ConnCan says.

“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.

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