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Schools of Distinction - Johnson House

Connecticut Department of Education names "Schools of Distinction"

Lidia Ryan, Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Forty eight southwestern Connecticut schools have been named "Schools of Distinction" for the 2015-2016 school year by the Connecticut Department of Education. Statewide, 116 schools were recognized as "Schools of Distinction," meaning they meet the following criteria:

- They fall into the top ten percent of schools using the Accountability Index Score

- They fall into the top ten percent of schools with the highest growth for all students or for the high-needs group (free or reduced price lunch, English Language Learners, and student in special education)

- They fall into the top ten percent of schools (among those without growth) with improvement in Accountability Index.

Each school could receive multiple counts of distinction in the categories of highest performance and highest growth. Danbury, Ridgefield and Greenwich schools districts hold the most schools of distinction - six schools each.

"We see the success of our schools that have been recognized as one affirmation of our ongoing efforts to enhance all aspects of teaching and learning in Danbury," Danbury Superintendent Sal Pascarella said in a prepared statement.

"We are also grateful for the diligence, passion and leadership of the teachers and administrators in all of our schools, " the superintendent said. "We are also thankful for their remarkable efforts in meeting the needs of every student, including those with special needs and those who are learning the English language."

Local schools were also scored on the 2015-2016 Next Generation Accountability System, which for the first time included year-to-year growth in English language arts and math. "These results demonstrate that when we raise the bar for our students and educators, they rise to the challenge," Governor Malloy said in a press release.

"Together, we are reaching new heights and making significant progress in our schools. Our new accountability system is more comprehensive and holistic - allowing us to identify and replicate success and target support to the students and schools that need it most. We must continue to be steadfast in our commitment to improve outcomes for all students."

Respectfully,

Maureen DiDomenico - Principal

Katherine McNeil - Assistant Principal


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