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All Westport Schools Exceed State’s Performance Goals

All of Westport's schools earned top marks from the state Department of Education for student performance.
All of Westport's schools earned top marks from the state Department of Education for student performance. Photo Credit: File

WESTPORT, Conn. – When it comes to student performance, all eight of Westport’s public schools exceed the state’s expectations, a new report from the Connecticut Department of Education shows.

Westport Superintendent Elliott Landon said he is not surprised by the news, as “virtually all our kids score at goal” on standardized tests. However, he said there is always room for improvement.

“We will be looking at the data and seeing, as always, how we can ratchet up our efforts a little more,” Landon said Thursday.

The state recently launched a new school accountability system that tracks and measures student performance over the last three years. As a result, every school in the state was given a School Performance Index, a score from 0 to 100 that averages student performance in all tested grades and subjects. The data was released Monday.

A score of 88 and higher means, on average, students are performing at goal level or higher on standardized tests. Scores of 87 to 67 mean students are, on average, performing at proficient levels. Scores of 66 to 33 mean students are performing at basic levels. Any score lower than 33 is below basic.

The state’s target for all schools is 88. In Westport, all eight schools scored higher than 90 points every year for the past three years, meaning the district surpasses the state’s goals.

Here’s a look at each Westport school's score for the 2011-12 school year, followed by each schools' three-year average:

  • Staples: 93.2 (three-year average: 93.3)
  • Bedford Middle: 94.5 (three-year average: 95.7)
  • Coleytown Middle: 94.1 (three-year average: 94.7)
  • Coleytown Elementary: 93.5 (three-year average: 92.9)
  • Greens Farms: 93.5 (three-year average: 92.0)
  • Kings Highway: 92.4 (three-year average: 91.5)
  • Long Lots: 91.6 (three-year average 92.4)
  • Saugatuck Elementary: 96.0 (three-year average: 93.8)

To see a more detailed breakdown of the scores or to see scores of other schools in the area, visit the state Department of Education website.

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