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Norwalk Ranked First in District Reference Group, Surpasses State Index for Second Year in a Row; Four Named as Schools of Distinction

Norwalk Ranked First in District Reference Group, Surpasses State Index for 2nd Year, Four Named as Schools of Distinction
Posted on 02/22/2019
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In a report detailing the overall success of all school districts in the state, Norwalk Public Schools achieved an accountability index score of 76.8%, once again ranking first in its district reference comparison group. (DRG.)  The district also surpassed the statewide index of 74.9%, and four Norwalk schools were recognized by the Connecticut State Department of Education as Schools of Distinction.  

The state report card is made up of a broad set of 12 indicators that help tell the story of how well a school is preparing its students for success in college, careers and life.  The system is intended to move beyond test scores and graduation rates, providing an overall perspective of district and school performance, and incorporating student growth over time. 

“We’re continuing to see tangible results from the investment that Norwalk is making in its schools,” said Dr. Steven Adamowski, Superintendent, Norwalk Public Schools. “It’s gratifying to see the hard work of our teachers, staff and students reflected and recognized in these results.  While there is always more work to be done, the progress we are seeing under the Board of Education’s Strategic Operating Plan has Norwalk achieving its goal of becoming the most successful city school system in Connecticut.”    

Kendall, Jefferson, Rowayton and Tracey Elementary schools have been recognized this year as Schools of Distinction.  Schools of Distinction are recognized by the CSDE for high overall performance, high academic growth, and/or improvement in overall performance.

  • Tracey Elementary was recognized for high performance and high growth for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math for all students, and for high growth in ELA and Math for high needs students.

  • Kendall Elementary was recognized for high growth in ELA for high needs students.

  • Jefferson Elementary recognized for high growth in ELA for high needs students.  

  • Rowayton Elementary was recognized for high growth for ELA and math for all students and for high needs students.

Tracey Elementary and the Center for Global Studies both achieved Category 1 status, the top category, in the report.  2016-17 accountability index scores also resulted in several schools moving up to Category 2, including Brookside, Columbus Magnet, Fox Run, Kendall and Naramake.

Brien McMahon High School, named as a Category 4 Focus School last year, advanced into Category 2 for 2018-19.  West Rocks Middle School, also a Focus School last year, rose one category. Norwalk had no schools in Category 4, the lowest category, for 2017-18.  

A full presentation on all 12 indicators of the plan will be made at the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 pm at Norwalk City Hall.