Stamford Schools Post Mixed Results On State's 'Report Cards'

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Half of the schools in Stamford are meeting the goals set by the state in student achievement. Photo Credit: File

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Half of Stamford’s schools are reaching their goals, but recent “report cards” issued by the state show room for improvement and an achievement gap among some student groups. 

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 Stamford, three schools are graded as "Progressing," 15 as "Transitioning," and two as "Focus." 

The three "Progressing" schools were the Academy of Information Technology, Scofield Middle School and Springdale Elementary. 

In the category of "Transitioning" were: Stamford and Westhill High Schools; Dolan, Turn of River, Rippowam and Cloonan Middle Schools; and Hart, Stillmeadow, Toquam, Northeast, Westover, Julia A. Stark, Rogers International School, Newfield and K.T. Murphy Elementary Schools. 

The two schools ranked as "Focus" were Davenport and Roxbury Elementary Schools. 

The district also reached its target SPI overall for elementary and middle schools but not for high schools. Ten of the 20 schools reached their goal. 

You can search for your school’s performance report on the Connecticut Department of Education website.

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