Greenwich’s five magnet schools are high performing, according to materials distributed by Greenwich Public Schools on Thursday.
The materials pointed to the strong performance of Ham Ave, New Lebanon, Julian Curtiss and Western Middle School relative to schools in Connecticut with similar populations.
Those four schools average around 60% of students achieving the standard on the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts assessment, while other schools average over 80% achieving the standard.
Student Need Four of the five magnet schools in Greenwich have a significantly higher percentage of students with need factors, such as learning disabilities, lack of proficiency in English and low income and performance on standardized academic assessments.
Yet, according to the statement released on Thursday, lower average student performance in most Greenwich magnet schools does mean they are not a good option for students or parents.
According to the statement, “All staff in the Greenwich Public Schools are dedicated to personalizing and accelerating learning for every student. District personnel focus on comprehensive data and information to guide teaching and interventions.”
The statement points out that the most powerful measure of student performance is how well students improve over time.
“Achievement—a time specific point of performance—still matters, but the gold standard now is growth.
The Greenwich Public Schools is developing a rigorous approach to monitoring student academic growth.
Greenwich Schools anticipate being able to report on student growth in the 2016-17 academic year.” – Statement from Greenwich Schools, Jan. 14, 2016
The District welcomes questions and feedback on the successes and challenges of schools and students.
The deadline to apply to a magnet school for 2016-2017 school year is Feb. 5, 2016.
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