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Schools Pleased With Results of State Test (continued from page 1)

the mastery test, the index aims for the goal level. East Windsor East Windsor Superintendent of Schools Teresa Kane said, “We saw growth in all of our schools last year” using the SPI. She said the scores demonstrated a dramatic increase over the threeyear period. The scores did designate Broad Brook Elementary School as a focus school for black students. Overall, Broad Brook students scored 70.6 on the index. Next year’s goal has been set for 72. East Windsor Middle School received a three-year SPI of 77.3 with a target of 78.2. The three-year average SPI for East Windsor High School was 70.7. The target SPI for the 2012-13 school year was set at 72.1. Kane said the overall scores show that the school’s academic improvement plans are working. Ellington “Overall, we’re pleased with the scores,” Ellington Superintendent of Schools Stephen Cullinan said. “I think the system is better than the previous system,” he said, since it measures multiple bands, not just moving toward proficient. Cullinan also said that while the state target for some schools is to maintain their scores, the schools will continue to work to improve. Center School received a three-year average SPI of 85.1 with a target of 85.4. Crystal Lake School received a three-year average SPI of 84.4 with a target of 84.7. Windermere School received a three-year average SPI of 89.7 with a target to maintain the score. Windermere Intermediate School received a three-year average SPI of 92.2 with a target to maintain the score. Ellington Middle School received a three-

year average SPI of 92.4 with a target to maintain the score. Ellington High School received a three-year average SPI of 83.3 with a target SPI of 83.7. Enfield Anne McKernan, chief academic officer for the Enfield Public Schools, said that all of Enfield’s schools scored in fairly comparable positions. She said the greatest differences were in the SPIs of the two high schools. Edgar H. Parkman School received a three-year average SPI of 87.3 with a target to maintain. Eli Whitney School received a three-year average SPI of 84.7 with a target of 85. Nathan Hale School received a three-year average SPI of 81.2 with a target of 81.7. Prudence Crandall School received a three-year average SPI of 85.5 with a target of 85.8. John F. Kennedy Middle School received a three-year average SPI of 84.4 with a target of 84.7. Enfield High School received a threeyear average SPI of 71.2 and a target of 72.6, while Fermi High school received a three-year average SPI of 77.3 and a target of 78.1. Somers Kathleen Pezza, curriculum director for

the Somers Public Schools, said the scores will be used to help principals put together their building goals. She said the middle school made targets in all subject areas and was “very successful.” Somers Elementary School received a three-year average SPI of 83.1 with a target of 83.5. Mabelle B. Avery Middle School received a three-year average SPI of 90.7 with a goal to maintain. Somers High School received a three-year average SPI of 86.9 with a target of 87. Stafford Stafford Public Schools Curriculum Director Michael Bednarz said he will use the targets as part of each school’s improvement plan. “It certainly is important data,” he said, adding in future years they will be able to use them in context as they get comparisons within each school to measure progress. Stafford Elementary School received a three-year average SPI of 81.6 with a target of 82.1. Stafford Middle School received a three-year average SPI of 91.1 with a target to maintain. Stafford High School received a three-year average SPI of 82 with a target of 82.5.

Library Offers Nursery Rhyme Program

ENFIELD - On Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. the Enfield Public Library will host a half-hour program of nursery rhymes, songs, and finger plays. This is a drop-in program that is designed to promote early language skills for ages birth to 2, accompanied by parents or caregivers. Please call the library at 860-7637518 for more details or visit the library’s website: www.enfield publiclibrary.org. January 2013 North Central News

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