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Bridgeport Schools Earn Overall Grade Of 59.3 From State

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

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — The schools in Bridgeport got an overall mark of 59.3 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.

A number of schools in Bridgeport were also classified as "Focus" schools, which means the high-need students in those schools are among the worst-performing in the state. In addition, Bridgeport also had schools classified as "Turnaround," which means the performance of their overall student population is among the worst in the state.

Here are the grades for the district and for each school, supplied by the CTMirror.org website , along with any designation of "Focus" or "Turnaround:"

  • Achievement First Bridgeport Academy: 72.5
  • Aerospace/Hydrospace, Engineering and Physical Sciences High School at Fairchild-Wheeler: 55
  • Barnum School: 57.8, Focus
  • Bassick High School: 45, Turnaround
  • Beardsley School: 59.4
  • Biotechnology, Research and Zoological Studies High School at Fairchild-Wheeler: 49.6, Focus
  • Black Rock School: 67.4
  • Blackham School: 59, Focus
  • Bridgeport Military Academy: 42.1, Turnaround
  • Bryant School: 55.5, Focus
  • Central High School: 60.7
  • Cesar Batalla School: 55.8, Focus
  • Classical Studies Academy: 72.6
  • Columbus School: 51.3, Focus
  • Cross School: 49.2, Turnaround
  • Curiale School: 53.1, Focus
  • Bridgeport Achievement First District: 72.5
  • Dunbar School: 53, Focus
  • Edison School: 56.4, Focus
  • Geraldine Johnson School: 60.8, Focus
  • Hall School: 62.6
  • Hallen School: 67.7
  • Harding High School: 46, Turnaround
  • High Horizons Magnet School: 79.8
  • Hooker School: 66.8, Focus
  • Information Technology and Software Engineering High School at Fairchild-Wheeler: 53.9
  • Interdistrict Discovery Magnet School: 80.9
  • Jettie S. Tisdale School: 49.6, Turnaround
  • Luis Munoz Marin School: 41.1, Turnaround
  • Madison School: 65
  • Multicultural Magnet School: 84.1
  • Park City Magnet School: 80.4
  • Read School: 62.2
  • Roosevelt School: 46, Turnaround
  • Waltersville School: 59.8, Focus
  • Winthrop School: 78.5

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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