“We are delighted by the progress our students and schools are making and the work will continue,” said Superintendent Dr. Verna D. Ruffin. “Waterbury Public Schools is deeply committed to providing each student with an exemplary education in an inclusive and engaging learning environment. The District’s evolving Strategic Plan will guide us as we continue to strive to achieve and exceed expectations.”
Waterbury Public Schools is also the most improved District in its District Reference Group (DRG) for the overall accountability index since the Accountability System was implemented in 2015, increasing from 57.8% to 64.6%.
“While the Next Generation Accountability System provides us with multiple measures of student achievement and growth, it is only one indicator of the wonderful successes happening in our schools every day,” said Deputy Superintendent Dr. Gregory Rodriguez. “Our marked improvement and performance in our comparison district group is evidence of the hard work of our principals, teachers, students and staff.
According to the CSDE, Connecticut’s Next Generation Accountability System was developed over two years and is a broad set of 12 indicators that help tell the story of how well a school is preparing its students for success in college, careers and life. The system moves beyond test scores and graduation rates and instead provides a more holistic, multifactor perspective of district school performance and incorporates student growth over time.