I happened to run across an interesting little tool on the ConnCan site this morning. For those of you who don't know ConnCan is a public interest organization that is dedicated to improving public schools in Connecticut. While I may not agree with all their proposals they do have a wealth of good information on their site. One of the tools they have allows you to select certain criteria and see where your school is ranked within the state. For example, if you choose "Performance Gains" for middle schools you get an ordered list (from best to worst) of:
"Average one-year change among a cohort of students (such as 2010 4th graders’ change from 2009 3rd graders) in meeting state goals across all subjects"
Imagine my total surprise (NOT!) when I ran that criteria to see where JMMS ended up and saw we were next to last. Our performance gain (actually loss) was -9.4%. For the students measured year to year they were actually doing WORSE after being taught at JMMS. The score for JMMS in this category put us at #176 out of the 177 schools in the list. At this point I would like to send out a big thank you to MicroSociety Magnet School for coming in at #177 with a -23.3% performance gain. If they did not exist we would be in last place.