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Wilton Schools Slip to B+ in Rankings

WILTON, Conn. – Wilton public schools dropped half a grade lower on an education advocacy group's rating system. 

The Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, a statewide nonprofit also known as ConnCan, has graded Connecticut's 134 school districts for the last six years. Wilton dropped to No. 6 in 2010-2011 from No. 2 a year ago, with its overall grade falling to a B+ from an A-.

While district remains in the Top 10, Wilton High School's scores dropped the degree. The number of students who passed state testing dropped from 85 percent to 83.5 percent, ConnCan Communications Manager Jessica Bloom said.

“Our cutoff for an A- is 84 percent,” Bloom said.

Cider Mill Elementary, fell from 20th to 30th in the state and Middlebrook Middle School, from 9th to 18th. The schools retained their grades of A- and A, respectively.

The rankings are important but not everything, Wilton Superintendent Gary Richards said. 

“I try not to get too excited,” he said. These grading systems look at different groups of children, Richards added.

“Each class has some variability from year to year,” and that sometimes, the year works in favor of the grade assigned by the third party, he said. “We’re pleased, but we’re always trying to do better."

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