With all of the discussions about student performance and whether Greenwich Public Schools have lost standing among its peer schools in Fairfield County, school officials have some reason to be proud this weekend.
Six Greenwich Public Schools have been identified as Schools of Distinction by the Connecticut State Department of Education (SDE), according to an announcement released Saturday by the Greenwich Board of Education.
Two of the six schools were identified as a School of Distinction in two categories.
According to a prepared statement issued by the Board of Education," according to SDE documents: “Schools of Distinction will be identified annually. This classification consists of three different groups: 1) ‘Highest Performing Subgroup,’ 2) ‘Highest Progress’ and 3) ‘Highest Overall Performance.’ Schools of Distinction were identified this year using CMT/ CAPT 2011 and 2012 data.”
Superintendent of Schools Dr. William S. McKersie said, “This is truly exciting news for the entire district. While the nature of these classifications seems technical, the simple fact is that six of our schools have been recognized as leaders in Connecticut for academic achievement and growth."
McKersie added, "Any town would yearn for such an accomplishment. We know that our other schools come close to these six distinguished schools in many measures, so overall this is great feedback for the entire district. Connecticut's new School Accountability system, based on a much more sophisticated handling of data and analysis, is rightly featuring Greenwich's successes."
McKersie also said, "We are confident that as the State releases the other categories at the end of the school year, we will see acknowledgement of our progress and receive clear guidance on areas for improvement.”
"Greenwich High School and Eastern Middle School have been identified as Schools of Distinction in the “Highest Performing Subgroup” category for having the highest School Performance Index* (SPI) scores in the State for one of the traditionally underperforming subgroups – English Language Learners (ELL)," according to the statement.
" has been identified as a School of Distinction in the “Highest Progress Among Schools With A School Performance Index Greater Than 88” category. This distinction is applied to www.greenwichschools.org
schools that are among the top 10 percent of schools making gains in their respective groups, and have achievement gaps less than 10 SPI points for the majority of their subgroups.
"Eastern Middle School, the International School at Dundee, North Street School, Old Greenwich School and Riverside School have been identified as Schools of Distinction in the “Highest Overall Performance” category. This distinction is applied to schools that have SPIs greater than 88 and are performing within the top 10 percent of schools across the State. These schools have achievement gaps less than 10 SPI points for the majority of their subgroups.
"School Performance Index is calculated for each school and District in CT using all tested grade levels, incorporating all tested students, and including students that take the MAS and the Skills Checklist. It is also calculated for subgroups: English Language Learners, Students with Disabilities, Black, Hispanic, and Free and Reduced Price Lunch.
"For more information on the State Department of Education’s New Accountability System visit: