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New Canaan Schools Earn High Marks On State 'Report Cards'

Saxe Middle School in New Canaan is a "School of Distinction," according to the state Department of Education.
Saxe Middle School in New Canaan is a "School of Distinction," according to the state Department of Education. Photo Credit: File

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- The New Canaan Public School system earned high marks on the "report cards" released by the state, with three of the town's five schools surpassing state goals.

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) released its annual Performance Reports for all public schools in the state Thursday. The reports 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 2012-2013 school year.

Of New Canaan's five schools, three were in the Excelling category, Saxe Middle School, West School and South School. Those three schools were also named as "Schools of Distinction" for Highest Overall Performance on the CMT.

The other two, New Canaan High School and East School, were categorized as Progressing.

To find the reports for each school visit the state website here.

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