Fairfield Schools Receive Good Marks On State Report Card

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The Fairfield Public School system is continuing to do well, according to the recent release of "report cards" from the state, with three of the school surpassing the state goals. Photo Credit: Daily Voice File Photo

FAIRFIELD, Conn. - The Fairfield Public School system is continuing to do well, according to the recent release of "report cards" from the state, with three of the schools surpassing the state's goals.

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) released its annual Performance Reports for all public schools in the state Thursday. 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:  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 2012-2013 school year.

Of Fairfield's 16 schools, three were in the Excelling category, Dwight Elementary School and Tomlinson and Fairfield Woods Middle Schools.

The majority of the schools were in the Progressing category, including Burr, McKinley, Mill Hill, Sherman, Stratfield, North Stratfield, Jennings and Osborn Hill Elementary Schools, Roger Ludlowe Middle School and Fairfield Ludlowe High School. 

Two of Fairfield's schools, Holland Hill Elementary School and Fairfield Warde High School, are considered Transtioning by the state. The vast majority of schools across the state are in this category.

In addition, Dwight Elementary School was rated as a "school of distinction" by the state for its Highest Overall Performance on the CMT. 

To find the reports for each school visit the state website here

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