WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport Public Schools once again posted high scores on the state’s annual “report cards,” with all eight schools exceeding state goals. However, the results show achievement gaps exist among some groups of students within the district.
The Connecticut State Department of Education released its annual Performance Reports for all public schools in the state Thursday afternoon. The reports, which cover the 2012-13 academic year, take into account scores on standardized tests and high school graduation rates to grade each school’s performance.
“These reports demonstrate that there are bright spots and best practices as well as areas in need of review and improvement in districts and schools across the state,” Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said in a press release.
The reports give each school a Student Performance Index (SPI), which ranges from 1 to 100. The reports also track student groups based on race, economic standing and special needs, and identify potential achievement gaps for schools and districts to correct. Each school and district is then given one of six classifications: Excelling, Progressing, Transitioning, Review, Focus, or Turnaround.
The state’s goal is for all schools to have an SPI of 88 or higher, but the annual reports assign each district a goal score that would mark an improvement over the previous year. The state’s report says that more than half the schools in the state reached their target scores for the 2012-13 school year.
Seven of Westport eight schools were classified as “Progressing,” which means that SPI scores are above the state’s goal of 88. Long Lots School was classified as “Excelling” meaning the school not only exceeded the state SPI goal, but more than 25 percent of
students scored “Advanced” in a majority of subjects tested.
Staples High School was named a “School of Distinction,” which means it was among the highest performing schools in the state for the 2012-13 school year.
To see Westport's full results, or to search for your school’s performance report, visit the Connecticut Department of Education website.