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Mitchell Elementary School Named a School of Distinction

WOODBURY – Mitchell Elementary School received the School of Distinction designation by the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Next Generation Accountability System. Only 160 public schools in the state received the honor for the 2017-18 academic year.

Connecticut’s Next Generation Accountability System is a broad set of 12 indicators that help tell the story of how well a school is preparing its students for success in college, careers and life. The system moves beyond test scores and graduation rates and instead provides a more holistic, multifactor perspective of district and school performance and incorporates student growth over time.

The 12 indicators used for this accountability index are:

Academic achievement status measured by state assessments; Academic growth; Assessment participation rate; Chronic absenteeism; Preparation for postsecondary and career readiness – coursework; Preparation for postsecondary and career readiness – exams;  Graduation – on track in ninth grade; Graduation – four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate – all students; Graduation – six-year adjusted cohort graduation rate – high needs; Postsecondary entrance rate – all students (college enrollment); Physical fitness; Arts access.

“The 2017-18 accountability results show progress is being made on several performance and growth indicators and it is especially encouraging to see increases in performance and growth for our most vulnerable student groups,” said Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell. “This is a sign we are moving in the right direction and delivering on our promise of equity and excellence for all Connecticut students. We will continue our push to build on this momentum and ensure districts and schools are preparing their students for success in college, career and life.”

Mitchell Elementary School was identified as a School of Distinction based on High Growth (All Students) – Math and High Growth (High Needs Students) – ELA & Math.

According to the CSDE, the Next Generation Accountability System helps to measure school and district success toward the goal of providing every student a quality education that prepares him or her for success down the road. Each school receives a score calculated using a formula that incorporates the accountability system indicators. There is a tiered system of resources and supports for schools based on their score. Schools with low student performance and a low accountability score could be designated turnaround schools, meaning they would have to create and implement a plan for accelerating school improvement.

To access the results, go to

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