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

SchoolIndex-ScoreELAMathPhys FitnessDistinction
Western CT Academy of International Studies Elementary Magnet School86.65%100.00%97.85%84.85%High Performance
Washington Primary School85.82%100.00%100.00%78.79%High Performance
Great Plain School83.10%100.00%100.00%42.42%High Growth (All Students) - Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Morris Street School79.56%92.89%86.55%48.48%High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
Ellsworth Avenue School78.93%90.59%85.41%48.63%High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA
Hayestown Avenue School77.93%92.85%88.92%37.56%High Growth (High Needs Students) - Math
Sarah Noble Intermediate School74.86%95.60%89.77%28.67%High Growth (High Needs Students) - ELA

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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