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NCLB: How Does Your School Rate?

Are CT schools making the grade?
Are CT schools making the grade?

The Connecticut Department of Education's, Academic Achievement Report , for 2010-2011, has been published. The report can be generated by school district, then individual school. It is sectioned into student subgroups and includes a line item for students with disabilities (special education). The scores determine if the students have met adequate yearly progress. They are based on, the No Child Left Behind (NCLB), CMT and/or CAPT testing in three critical areas: math, reading, and writing. In the report, area schools in Connecticut are listed as failing to make adequate yearly progress. State educators said testing requirements went up this year and is partially the reason for the increase of citations.

Some schools failing to make the grade, for students wtih disabilities, include Greenwich High School, Stamford High School, Riverfield Elementary (Fairfield), Danbury High school, Parker Farms school (Wallingford), John F. Kennedy Middle School (Enfield), and many more. Other schools were saved through "safe harbor", a category that protects the school from being cited due to improvements in overall proficiency from the previous year.

What can you do if your child's school made the list?

Nancy Prescott, Executive Director of the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, states "the standardized assessment, like CMTs, is just one measurement of how your child is doing. Testing required by NCLB can be a good thing because it is drawing attention to the fact that students with disabilities can and are learning much more than previously expected. The bar is being raised." Prescott noted that the scores have been an eye opener to parents who thought their child should have done better. To monitor your child's progress, Prescott recommends requesting regular progress reports from the school. In Connecticut, the use of Scientific Research-Based Intervention(SRBI) is a way many schools are beginning to collect data and use it to match instruction according to each child's learning needs. While not legally required to provide this on-going data, parents can and should request this information so that they know how their child is doing, long before the release of CMT reports.

For more information, visit the Connecticut Department of Education or begin a dialogue with the educators at your local school.


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