NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Schools across the state are reviewing how well they performed. The State Department of Education graded every school in the state. They’ve been releasing this accountability report for several years but this year they looked at more than just test scores.
“Some of those other things include for instance at the high school level graduation rate and access to rigorous course work and also might include chronic absence for either elementary or graduation which means the percentage of kids that are missing a lot of school,” State Education Commissioner, Dianna Wentzell said.
The ratings include other factors like academic performance, access to art classes, participation in fitness and health and wellness programs.
The State Department of Education puts schools in 3 categories: distinction, focus and turnaround. Elm City College Prep is one of the 84 highest ranking schools state-wide.
Meanwhile, James Hillhouse High School and Lincoln Bassett are two of the roughly three dozen schools on the turnaround list. Hill Central School in New Haven was on the turnaround list for the last few years, but not anymore. “We always performed better in the area of math but we were at ten percent in terms of reading,” Hill Central Principal, Lillian Fontan said.
Fontan adds that they’re working hard to be a school of distinction. “We thought that literacy was the area we had to hone in on because if kids could read then they are going to be successful in all the other content area.”
New Haven School Superintendent Garth Harries told News 8 what the district is focusing on to improve the results, “We want to make sure that students are engaged so they are in school and interested in what they are learning in school. And we want to make sure that our education is culturally responsible that it reflects the needs of this community.”
For a look at the Department of Education report, click here.
For a look at the Performance Office of the State Department of Education, click here.