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Many West Hartford Schools Fare Well in State's New Grading System

Each school gets a 'School Performance Index' that rates its average results on standardized tests.

The state Department of Education released a database on Monday that shows how each school in the state has performed for the last three years based on "an average of student performance in all tested grades and subjects for a given school."

“The state’s new school accountability and support framework enables more precise, more helpful snapshots of school performance,” Commissioner Stefan Pryor said Monday. “By heralding schools making significant progress and highlighting schools in need of greater support, the system will also help districts and the state focus our efforts where they are needed most.”

Each school is given an SPI, or Student Performance Index, as measured by the Connecticut Mastery Tests for students in grades 3 to 8 and the CAPT test for 10th graders. The higher the SPI, the more students are reaching the top level or "goal" of those standardized tests. Schools are then given a goal for the following school year.

Here's how West Hartford Public Schools performed:

School 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 Avg. 2012-13 Goal Conard High School 85.2 86.8 85.3 85.8 86.0 Hall High School 88.1 87.8 88.3 88.1 Maintain Bristow Middle School 90.5 91.8 90.6 90.9 Maintain King Philip Middle School 88.0 87.9 88.7 88.2 Maintain Sedgwick Middle School 86.7 85.9 86.1 86.2 86.4 Aiken Elementary 91.4 91.7 89.9 91.0 Maintain Braeburn Elementary 88.2 88.0 86.0 87.4 87.4 Bugbee Elementary 93.9 94.3 95.4 94.5 Maintain Charter Oak Int'l Academy 74.2 76.8 78.0 76.4 77.3 Duffy Elementary 86.6 87.5 91.8 88.7 Maintain Morley Elementary 92.4 94.1 94.4 93.7 Maintain Norfeldt Elementary 89.3 90.5 90..6 90.1 Maintain Smith STEM Elementary 77.1 81.0 83.1 80.4 81 Webster Hill Elementary 82.7 83.6 80.7 82.3 82.8 Whiting Lane Elementary 82.3 83.3 82.4 82.7 83.1 Wolcott Elementary 83.6 86.5 83.6 84.6 84.9

According to a news release issued by the State Department of Education, the state's target for schools is an 88 on a scale of 1-100.

While a link to the database doesn't appear yet on the state's website, the Hartford Courant has put together a searchable database with information on all schools throughout the state. Click here for that database.

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