Wilton schools score above goal in performance report

The Connecticut State Department of Education released the 2013 school and district performance reports that recapped the various metrics used over the past year to indicate student performance.

Wilton Public Schools scored a 93.5 out of a possible 100 on the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) district performance index (DPI), according to the CSDE. That is indicative of a being above the goal, set at 88.

On the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT), the DPI score for Wilton was 93.1. While the scores for both the CMT and CAPT were down from 2011-12, they were still well above the target.

Wilton graduated 98.1% of its students.

The report also stressed that, among the four public schools in Wilton, three are categorized as excelling. Wilton High School received a progressing rating, but all four are considered to be schools of distinction.

Schools that are excelling have a school performance index (SPI) of 88 or above. Among the determining factors for this designation is having more than 25% of students achieving advanced scores in a majority of subjects tested, a CAPT participation rate of at least 95% and a graduation rate of at least 94%.

Progressing schools have an overall SPI of 88 or above, but miss one or more of the excelling criteria.

A school of distinction is classified as a being among the highest performing schools statewide and/or among schools that are making the most progress.

“Our accountability system is designed both to recognize the progress our schools are making and to reveal the challenges where they exist,” said education Commissioner Stefan Pryor. “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.

“We encourage educators and parents to draw upon these reports as well as other forms of input and insight as they continue working together for our schools’ and our students’ success.”

The school and district reports provide perspective on where a specific school falls under Connecticut’s new accountability system. The reports also contain a breakdown of performance by subject area and subgroup to reveal achievement gaps, highlight areas of strength, and bring attention to where there is room for improvement.

For more information, and to review the reports, visit sde.ct.gov.