Schools Near Hartford CC Awarded by CT Department of Education as Schools of Distinction

The CSDE is recognizing 160 schools across the state as Schools of Distinction for high overall performance, high academic growth, and/or improvement in overall performance. It is commendable that 43 of the 160 Schools of Distinction are located in Alliance Districts.

“The 2017-18 accountability results show progress is being made on several performance and growth indicators and it is especially encouraging to see increases in performance and growth for our most vulnerable student groups,” said Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell. “This is a sign we are moving in the right direction and delivering on our promise of equity and excellence for all Connecticut students.

The Schools in the Hartford CC area recognized as Schools of Distinction are as follows:

SchoolIndex-ScoreELAMathPhys FitnessDistinction
Connecticut IB Academy94.34%89.61%83.29%88.89%High Performance
Hall High School89.95%97.61%93.34%60.18%High Performance
Achievement First Hartford Academy Inc.81.33%91.32%85.12%0.00%High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA & Math
House of Arts Letters and Science (HALS) Academy86.62%100.00%100.00%82.35%High Performance and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA & Math
Avon Middle School81.32%100.00%100.00%57.07%High Growth (All Students) - Math
John Wallace Middle School75.69%95.25%87.63%47.94%High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
Squadron Line School86.41%100.00%100.00%65.55%High Performance
Norfeldt School90.24%100.00%100.00%81.16%High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - ELA & Math
Hebron Avenue School88.90%100.00%100.00%71.26%High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - ELA
Philip R. Smith School85.58%100.00%100.00%72.92%High Growth (All Students) - ELA & Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Whiting Lane School82.50%100.00%100.00%55.17%High Growth (All Students) - ELA & Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Myrtle H. Stevens School82.08%100.00%95.29%69.28%High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
Louis Toffolon School81.96%100.00%100.00%57.14%High Growth (All Students) - Math
Braeburn School81.62%100.00%100.00%89.74%High Growth (All Students) - ELA and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
Duffy School81.54%100.00%100.00%Chronic Absent

Academic growth is a cornerstone of the Next Generation Accountability System. Unlike achievement which is a status measure, academic growth values the improvement in academic achievement of matched students in Grades 4 through 8. It is the best available broad measure of curriculum and instructional effectiveness. Connecticut’s academic growth results in 2017-18 were higher than in 2016-17. There is still room for improvement statewide toward the ultimate target of 100%. The CSDE is also pleased to release a document entitled Voices from the Field: Factors Influencing Academic Growth which is a compilation of the local policies, educator practices, strategies, and/or systems implemented by high growth schools that others may replicate.


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