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State Gives Easton Schools An Overall Grade Of 84.7; Joel Barlow Earns 88.2

Connecticut's Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell
Connecticut's Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell Photo Credit: Contributed

EASTON, Conn. — The schools in Easton got an overall mark of 84.7 and Joel Barlow High School in Regional School District 9 got a grade of 88.2 when the state Department of Education released its grades for public schools across the state for the first time in four years.

“Our new accountability system will tell a deeper, truer story of how well a school is preparing its students for success,” Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell said.

The schools and districts were graded on a traditional scale of 0 to 100.

Here are the grades for the district and for each school in Easton, supplied by the CTMirror.org website :

  • Easton School District: 84.7
  • Helen Keller Middle School: 85
  • Samuel Staples Elementary School: 87

Joel Barlow High School is the only school in Regional School District 9. Students from Redding also attend the school.

The schools were ranked using the state's Next Generation Accountability System. It rates schools on the following factors:

  • academic achievement on state assessments
  • academic growth
  • assessment participation rate
  • chronic absenteeism
  • coursework
  • exams
  • ninth-graders on track to graduate
  • four-year graduation rate for all students
  • six-year graduation rate for high needs students
  • college enrollment rate
  • physical fitness
  • arts access.

Connecticut’s Next Generation Accountability System "tell the story of how well a school is preparing its students for success in college, careers and life."

The new system moves beyond test scores and provides a "more holistic, multifactor perspective of district and school performance and incorporates student growth over time," the education department said in a statement.

The new system measures academic achievement and focuses on student growth over time. It also includes additional key indicators, such as chronic absenteeism, physical fitness and arts access.

"Research tells us that students who attend school on a daily basis and maintain a healthy lifestyle are more likely to graduate and succeed in college," the state said.

"Access to an engaging arts curriculum creates a more well-rounded educational experience."

To learn more about the system, visit the performance and accountability section of the state Department of Education’s website .

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