The New Haven Board of Education today releases school tiering based on performance information from the 2010-2011 school year.  The vast majority of New Haven Schools improved their performance on the measures included in the tiering.  Given the multi-year calculations that go into tiering, and the distance remaining to achieve school change goals, all but one school will maintain the same tier as last year.
            “The tiering shows that our schools have the momentum of sustained growth over the last few years, and that we are continuing to make good progress to our school reform goals,” said Superintendent Dr. Reginald Mayo.  “We talk a great deal about growth, and that is what we are seeing in all key measures and in virtually all of our schools.  Faculty, students, parents and staff have continued to work hard and march forward on a path that is very encouraging.  We still have much to do to reach our goals as a District but the hard work and the results that we have lead me to continue to have great faith in our District.  We will achieve our Reform Goals!”.
            Among high schools, 10 of 12 schools improved their overall on-trajectory rate, 9 of 12 improved their graduation rate, and 9 of 10 improved their school learning environment.  Among K-8 schools, 24 of 30 improved their rate of students at proficient and above, 23 of 30 improved their rate of students at goal and above, and 28 of 29 improved their learning environment. 
            Although there was good growth in all of the tiering measures, no schools improved enough to move to a higher performance level.  The district indicated a number schools as schools to watch, including Mauro Sheridan, John C Daniels, Engineering and Science Magnet School, Bishop Woods, Columbus and Fair Haven at the K-8 level, and Hill Career, Hyde and Riverside at the High School Level.  Each of these schools has continued to demonstrate sustained gains in growth and achievement and the prospects are bright that some or all of these schools will make the positive leap to into Tier I.
            The Tier I Schools continued to demonstrate positive performance and have confirmed their position.  Each school has used its expanded autonomy that comes with the Tier I designation to explore exciting curricular programs which could become scalable and replicable options at other schools within the District.
            One school slipped back one tier – High School in the Community moved from Tier II to Tier III.  This change in tier reflects a decrease in graduation rate for class of 2011, and a decrease in overall % on trajectory. High School in the Community elected a new leader in 2010-1, and intense efforts are underway to re-craft the school theme and focus.  2011 reading CAPT scores up at HSC were up 14.6% over 2010, and the district is evaluating the ongoing changes in the student population at the school. 
            School tiering is the annual process in New Haven’s school reform effort, by which the different schools are categorized according to the performance of students.  Tier I schools are those with consistently high student performance, Tier II are schools with average or mixed performance, and Tier III schools are those with low student performance.  Different measures are used among K-8 schools and high schools, reflecting the different performance information that is available.  Tiering also includes the school learning environment surveys, and an analysis of the challenge of the student populations served by different schools. 
Tier III Turnaround schools are those low performing schools that are not succeeding in their challenges, and where dramatic intervention is necessary to improve the school including the rehiring of professional staff.  No decisions have been made at this time about school turnaround for the 2011-12 school year – those decisions follow the school tiering process. 
As next steps, the District also flagged the need to ensure support to all Tier III schools, and to focus proactively on issues of equity between schools, including in the students served and the prioritization of challenges.
A detailed PowerPoint explaining the tiering and including detailed back up information is available on the School District’s website.
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