From the Desk of Lol Fearon, Superintendent

 

The SBAC results for all districts were released this afternoon at a press conference at SDE. A link to the results is below. If you follow the link and then scroll down the SDE page there is an additional link to the actual results. SDE released the results to district Superintendents late last week but embargoed their release to teachers, Board members and the public. We have done a cursory review of our scores to get an overall sense of how our students did by grade level. In most cases our scores exceeded the state averages for those students who met or exceeded the achievement level.

School administrators will now begin a more in-depth review together with the teachers. I will work with the administrative team to prepare a report for the BOE scheduled for their October meeting.

As we review our assessment results we will continue to focus on how we can recapture and maximize instructional time, improve our program offerings and how we can strengthen what I believe to be a child-centered experience here at Porter. While we recognize the value of student assessments, our successes go beyond a single test score.

The results will have value to us if we can use them to make decisions about adjusting our instruction to meet individual student needs. That will be our focus. SBAC is one piece of the assessment process and given the timing of the release of the results their value may lie more in this first year being a baseline year so that we can track growth over time.

No doubt there will be a great deal of activity as communities/districts compare themselves to their neighbors. It’s understandable. In fact, the format of the release of the results make those comparisons easy to do.

I urge you to stay informed, make strong connections with your child’s teacher and look for updates on the website.

Thank you for all that you do.

Lol Fearon, Superintendent

Here’s the Link:
www.ct.gov/sde/SettingtheBaseline2015