GREENWICH, Conn. -- Most of Greenwich’s schools are reaching their goals, but recent “report cards” issued by the state show that some schools in town are falling short of their targets and showing achievement gaps.
The Connecticut State Department of Education released its annual Performance Reports for all public schools in the state on Thursday, Dec. 5. The reports take into account scores on standardized tests and high school graduation rates to grade each school’s performance.
“These reports demonstrate that there are bright spots and best practices as well as areas in need of review and improvement in districts and schools across the state,” Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said in a press release.
The reports give each school a Student Performance Index (SPI), which ranges from 1 to 100. The reports also track student groups based on race, economic standing and special needs, and identify potential achievement gaps for schools and districts to correct. Each school and district is then given one of six classifications, in order: Excelling, Progressing, Transitioning, Review, Focus, or Turnaround.
The state’s goal is for all schools to have an SPI of 88 or higher, but the annual reports assign each district a goal score that would mark an improvement over the previous year. The state’s report says that more than half the schools in the state reached their target scores for the 2012-13 school year.
In Greenwich, eight schools are graded as "Excelling," two as "Progressing" and five as "Transitioning."
The district also reached its target SPI overall. Eleven of the 15 schools reached their goal according to the state: Cos Cob, Glenville, North Mianus, North Street, Old Greenwich, Riverside and Parkway Schools and International School at Dundee; Central and Eastern Middle Schools; and Greenwich High School.
Juliann Curtiss, Hamilton Avenue and New Lebanon Elementary Schools and Western Middle School fell short of their target scores.
Additionally, a number of Greenwich schools were ranked as "schools of distinction" by the state:
- Eastern Middle School, Highest Performing Subgroup for English Language Learners on the CMT
- Greenwich High School, Highest Performing Subgroup for English Language Learners on the CAPT
- International School At Dundee for Highest Progress Schools with an Overall SPI of more than 88
- Eastern Middle School, Highest Overall Performance on the CMT
- International School At Dundee, Highest Overall Performance on the CMT
- North Mianus School, Highest Overall Performance on the CMT
- Riverside School, Highest Overall Performance on the CMT
The results also note 12 schools showed gaps for some groups in some areas, according to the state’s reports.
Achievement gaps were found among English language learners and their peers. Students with disabilities, high needs and those that qualify for free or reduced lunch also fell short of their targets in some categories as did members of some racial groups, according to the state report.
You can search for your school’s performance report on the Connecticut Department of Education website.