GREENWICH, Conn. -- A recent Greenwich Public Schools report by the administration stressed the strong performance of Greenwwich's five magnet schools relative to schools in Connecticut with similar student populations.
Educational research and analysis underscores the importance of comparing similar populations when looking for educational effects. It is essential to control for student need levels in analyzing performance and outcomes.
Four major points stand out from a recent PowerPoint document about Greenwich schools:
- There are differences in average student performance among the elementary and middle schools in Greenwich.
- These differences are primarily a function of the need levels of the students enrolled in the schools.
- Relative to schools in Connecticut with similar student populations, all magnet schools in Greenwich would be characterized as high performing.
- Individual students with or without need factors would be predicted to perform at a high academic level in any of the five magnet schools.
All staff in the Greenwich Public Schools are dedicated to personalizing and accelerating learning for every student. District personnel focus on comprehensive data and information to guide teaching and interventions.
Ultimately, the most powerful measure of student performance will be growth — how well students improve over time relative to their anticipated rate of progression. Achievement — a time-specific point of performance — still matters, but the gold standard now is growth.
The Greenwich Public Schools is developing a rigorous approach to monitoring student academic growth. It anticipate being able to report on student growth in the 2016-17 academic year. The district welcomes questions and feedback on the successes and challenges of its schools and students.
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