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2018 STANDARDIZED TESTING RESULTS RELEASED
2018 STANDARDIZED TESTING RESULTS RELEASED

Interim Superintendent of Schools Ralph Mayo said, "We now have at least three years of results from the State's new standardized assessment system (SBA and CT School Day SAT) and are celebrating a nice upward trend in achievement by our students. We are extremely proud of our students, our community's support of public education, and our staff's tremendous dedication and commitment to the Vision of the Graduate at the Greenwich Public Schools. Annual standardized testing remains only one component of our comprehensive and ongoing monitoring of each student's progress toward academic, personal and interpersonal growth. Our strategic vision to make learning personal requires continuous focus on changing the learner experience guided by a tightly aligned, yet flexible standards-based curriculum in order to meet the individual strengths, needs, interests, and goals of each student."

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA)

The Connecticut Department of Education today released the preliminary results of the 2018 Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. The percent of Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) students that meet or exceed expectations in English Language Arts in grades 3-8 increased to 78.0% in 2018 as compared to 75.6% in 2017. The percent of students that meet or exceed expectations in Mathematics in grades 3-8 increased from 70.7% in 2017 to 71.4% in 2018.

The 2018 ELA SBA results place GPS scores in the 88th percentile of Districts across the State, an increase from the 86th percentile in 2017. The 2018 Math SBA results place GPS scores in the 90th percentile of Districts across the State.

In addition to improved performance on average for all students, GPS students in the High Needs* subgroup also continue a three-year trend of improved proficiency in both ELA and Math and continue to perform favorably as compared to state averages. The percent of GPS students in the High Needs subgroup that meet or exceed expectations increased to 49.7% in 2018 from 43.4% in 2017 in ELA, and to 41.7% in 2018 from 36.7% in 2017 in math.

(*High Needs = students qualifying for free or reduced price lunch, receive English language learning services and/or receive special education services)

Connecticut School Day SAT

The spring 2018 Connecticut School Day SAT (standardized assessment for students in grade 11 across CT) results were released this summer. Based on this college readiness assessment, the results place Greenwich High School in the top fifteen highest-achieving high schools in the state.

In Mathematics, the State average score on the CT School Day SAT is 503 on an 800-point scale with 40.3% of students meeting or exceeding expectations. The average score for GHS students in mathematics on the 2018 exam is 589, with 68.9% of students meeting/exceeding expectations, an increase of 6.8 percentage points from 2017. In English Language Arts, the State average score is 516

on an 800-point scale, with 62.4% of students meeting or exceeding benchmark. The average score for GHS students in ELA is 591, with 86.3% of students meeting/exceeding expectations, up 1.7 percentage points from the previous year.

2016 - 2018 Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA)

Overall Results for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics

Percent of Students in Grade 3-8 Meeting/Exceeding Expectations

ALL STUDENTS

2016
Meets/Exceeds

2017
Meets/Exceeds

2018
Meets/Exceeds

ELA

75.9%

75.6%

78.0%

MATH

66.3%

70.7%

71.4%

HIGH NEEDS STUDENTS

2016

Meets/Exceeds

2017

Meets/Exceeds

2018

Meets/Exceeds

ELA

42.9%

43.4%

49.7%

MATH

30.8%

36.7%

41.7%

2016 - 2018 CT-School Day SAT

Overall Results for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics

Percent of Students in Grade 11 Meeting/Exceeding Expectations

ALL
STUDENTS

2016
Meets/Exceeds

2017
Meets/Exceeds

2018
Meets/Exceeds

ELA

81.2%

84.6%

86.3%

MATH

64.2%

62.1%

68.9%

HIGH NEEDS
STUDENTS

2016
Meets/Exceeds

2017
Meets/Exceeds

2018
Meets/Exceeds

ELA

42.5%

53.8%

65.7%

MATH

23.9%

18.0%

39.5%

Next Steps:

Having recently received the data, GPS administrators will now begin their in depth review of the standardized assessment data. An initial focus will be to look at the differentials in the results between schools, student groups, and the ELA and Math SBA assessments. All administrators will review the current status of student learning as measured by the standardized assessments and instructional practices to identify successes to celebrate and amplify, and areas of focus to address through school and program improvement plans.

The Board of Education is scheduled to receive a comprehensive report on the standardized assessment results in September, with additional updates and a more detailed analysis communicated through scheduled Academic Quarterly Updates to include STEM and Humanities in January and March 2019, respectively.

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