Connecticut has the Nation’s Largest Achievement Gap Gap 4 th Grade Math 4 th Grade Reading 8 th Grade Math 8 th Grade Reading Low Income / Non-Low Income Worst 5 th African- American / White 4 th Worst 9 th 5 th Hispanic & Latino / White Worst 2 nd ELL / Non- ELL 2 nd 6 th 4 th 2 nd Worst in the nation in 7 of 16 measures; among the bottom 10 in all 16. Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2011
We are failing many students, especially low-income Hispanic and Latino Students. Source: National Center for Education Statistics, 2011 Low-income Hispanic and Latino 4 th grade students in Connecticut perform two grade levels behind similar students in Maryland.
Connecticut’s High School Graduation Gap, Class of 2010 Source: Connecticut State Department of Education
The district faces the same achievement gap as four years ago. State Combined Average Bridgeport Combined Average Achievement Gap at Goal 201164.130.8(33.3) 201063.631.0(32.5) 200962.329.0(33.3) 200860.427.4(33.0) 200760.026.5(33.4) CMT and CAPT Combined Averages
95% of Bridgeport elementary schools perform below the state average. School2011 Avg Multicultural Magnet80.5 State CMT Avg66.4 High Horizons Sch65.8 Park City Magnet63.0 Winthrop Sch53.9 Madison Sch47.2 Hall Sch46.9 Classical Studies42.6 Black Rock Sch42.2 Hooker Sch38.3 Edison Sch35.2 Blackham Sch35.0 Cross Sch34.7 Bridgeport School Avg33.7 Beardsley Sch32.9 Hallen Sch32.3 Waltersville Sch31.9 Read Sch31.1 Tisdale Sch28.5 Columbus Sch27.4 Johnson Sch26.1 Barnum Sch22.5 Longfellow Sch22.5 Curiale Sch19.9 Cesar Batalla18.6 Luis Munoz Marin17.3 Dunbar Sch16.8 Roosevelt Sch14.6 Bryant Sch13.5 Percentage of Students at Goal in 2011
Less than 25% of Bridgeport 3 rd graders are reading at grade level Yearly change in at goal CMT reading scores
All three Bridgeport high schools perform well below state average. School2011 Avg2010 AvgChange State CAPT Avg50.750.00.8 Bridgeport HS Avg 18.104.22.168 Bassick High School 4.01.72.3 Central High School 20.120.4-0.3 Harding High School 5.76.5-0.8 Change in Percentage of Students at Goal 2010-2011
Only half of Bridgeport students are graduating from high school. Data from Education Week: http://www.edweek.org/apps/gmap/http://www.edweek.org/apps/gmap/
Bridgeport is the lowest performing school district among its urban peer districts in Connecticut. Peer Districts
We know it is possible to close the gap. Black Rock School, Bridgeport Davis Street 21st Century Interdistrict Magnet School, New Haven Edith E. Mackrille School, West Haven Highville Charter School, Hamden Jefferson Elementary School, Norwalk Mead School, Ansonia Multicultural Magnet School, Bridgeport Nichols School, Stratford Park City Magnet School, Bridgeport Second Hill Lane School, Stratford University of Hartford Magnet School, Hartford Vogel-Wetmore School, Torrington Westover School, Stamford Worthington Hooker School, New Haven Elementary Schools Achievement First Hartford Academy, Hartford Amistad Academy, New Haven High Horizons School, Bridgeport House of Arts, Letters and Science Academy, New Britain Jumoke Academy, Hartford Multicultural Magnet School, Bridgeport Park City Magnet School, Bridgeport Roton Middle School, Norwalk Worthington Hooker School, New Haven Middle Schools High Schools Amistad Academy, New Haven Sources: http://solutions1.emetric.net/cmtpublic/Index.aspx, 2011; http://solutions1.emetric.net/captpublic/Index.aspx, 2011http://solutions1.emetric.net/cmtpublic/Index.aspxhttp://solutions1.emetric.net/captpublic/Index.aspx See http://www.conncan.orghttp://www.conncan.org Schools with at least 75% low-income or minority students and one of those student groups outperforms the state average at or above goal on the CMT/CAPT
The Governor’s Education Reform Bill S.B. 24, An Act Concerning Educational Competitiveness
What’s in the Governor’s Bill? Improved school and district accountability - State can take over and run worst performing schools through a “Commissioner’s Network” - Teacher tenure linked to performance - Principal evaluations linked to performance
Additional funding for Education Cost Sharing (ECS) program - ~$40M to lowest performing districts (including $4.4M to Bridgeport) - ~$5M of conditional performance-based funding
Increased funding for public schools of choice - Closes (but does not eliminate) gap in per-pupil funding between charters and other public schools - Facilitates opening of five new charter schools
Early Childhood Education - New funding for low-income children to attend preschool, performance tracking systems, and training programs
Our take: a step in the right direction, but there remains more to do Strongest elements: School and district accountability and turnarounds, teacher and school leader quality Promising elements: conditional funding and increased funding for charters and magnets Areas for Improvement: fundamentally fixing school finance formula, ending last-in first-out, linking teacher pay to performance, fixing binding arbitration, eliminating unnecessary spending
What does Excel Bridgeport do? “All children in Bridgeport will have the opportunity to attain a world-class education that prepares them for success in college, career, and life.” Excel works to: Engage parents and students to build a sustainable change movement. Serve as a knowledge-builder and thought leader for the community on education reform issues. Use data and research to hold the district accountable for progress toward improved student achievement.
What can you do? Sign the Pledge for Change by visiting our website. And then share it with your friends! Connect with us online on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Sign up for our newsletter and read our reports to stay informed about education in Bridgeport. Share your story! Give us a call, send us an email, or stop by the office and tell us how Bridgeport public education has affected you. Donate your time and effort to help build our movement for change. Come to Excel Bridgeport’s events and Bridgeport Board of Education meetings.
What can you do? Two hearings on the Governor’s bill: Tuesday, February 21 st, 1:15pm: - Teacher tenure, certification, evaluation, collective bargaining, retirement, recruitment, professional development - Vocational-technical school structure - Early childhood education Wednesday, February 22 nd, 12:00pm: - ECS funding, schools of choice funding - Conditional funding, competitive grants - Accountability and low-performing schools