Schools Near Plymouth 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 Plymouth area recognized as Schools of Distinction are as follows:

SchoolIndex-ScoreELAMathPhys FitnessDistinction
Litchfield High School91.67%85.99%80.42%54.01%High Performance
Waterbury Career Academy73.51%68.42%63.96%50.19%Great Improvement
Avon Middle School81.32%100.00%100.00%57.07%High Growth (All Students) - Math
Litchfield Intermediate School83.24%100.00%100.00%87.47%High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
Frisbie School91.93%100.00%100.00%91.80%High Performance and High Growth (All Students) - ELA & Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA & Math
Mitchell Elementary School85.63%100.00%92.80%94.95%High Growth (All Students) - Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA & Math
Wakelee School84.66%100.00%98.21%94.36%High Growth (All Students) - ELA and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
South Side School83.38%96.44%92.13%54.90%High Growth (All Students) - Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA & Math
Louis Toffolon School81.96%100.00%100.00%57.14%High Growth (All Students) - Math
Brass City Charter School81.58%100.00%97.51%50.98%High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Stafford School81.35%91.85%84.75%91.95%High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA & Math
Plymouth Center School77.88%100.00%100.00%41.03%High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Southwest School76.98%98.30%84.58%68.03%High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Linden Street School72.82%93.20%83.35%47.46%High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
Harwinton Consolidated School93.84%100.00%100.00%Chronic Absenteeism - High Needs Stu

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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