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Norwalk Schools Get Overall Grade Of 'C' From Education Advocacy Group

Norwalk Schools received an overall grade of "C" from the education advocacy group ConnCAN.
Norwalk Schools received an overall grade of "C" from the education advocacy group ConnCAN. Photo Credit: File

NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk schools received an overall grade of "C" from according to a report from Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now, an education advocacy group.

ConnCAN's report cards assign letter grades to every school in the state to help families get information about school performance in a given area. Norwalk's grade of "C" fell right at the state's average.

“We designed these tools to provide parents, community members and lawmakers a clear and honest look at how well our schools are doing and whether children are learning what they need to succeed,” ConnCAN CEO Jennifer Alexander said in a statement. “These report cards offer bright spots where educators are proving every day that if given the opportunity and support, every child can succeed academically.”

Grades are based on are based on the Connecticut State Department of Education’s new performance accountability system, the School Performance Index, which pulls data from two major standardized tests, The Connecticut Mastery Test, administered to students in grades three through eight or the Connecticut Academic Performance Test, taken in 10th grade.

Based on the SPI for each school, ConnCAN then assigned a letter grade, with an SPI of 88 or above constituting an "A." The "C" grade means Norwalk's schools fell into the SPI scoring range of 67-78.

Here is a list of each school in the Norwalk area, along with its report card grade from ConnCAN:

  • Cranbury Elementary School: A
  • Roton Middle School: B
  • Wolfpit School: B
  • Nathan Hale Middle School: B
  • Rowayton School: B
  • Je?erson Magnet School: B
  • Naramake Elementary School: B
  • West Rocks Middle School: B
  • Columbus Magnet School: C
  • Marvin Elementary School: C
  • Fox Run Elementary School: C
  • Kendall Elementary School: C
  • Ponus Ridge Middle School: C
  • Brookside Elementary School: C
  • Tracey School: C
  • Silvermine Elementary School: C
  • Side By Side Charter School: C
  • Brien McMahon High School: C
  • Norwalk High School: C

Click here to see the full report on Norwalk schools.

The news isn't as good for all students across the state. ConnCAN also said nearly 40,000 students are stuck in 63 persistently failing schools across the state. The majority of these schools are concentrated in five cities—Bridgeport, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven and Waterbury—and disproportionately impact students of color and students living in poverty.

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