Norwalk Public Schools Team Study BHS' SAT Success

Norwalk Public Schools Sends Team to Study BHS' SAT Success
Posted on 10/12/2018

A team of educators from Norwalk Public Schools visited Bloomfield High School this week to learn more about the strategies employed to produce double-digit increases on the recent SATs.

Bloomfield was one of only 19 Connecticut districts to have its juniors deliver double-digit increases in both Reading/Writing and Math.

The BHS leadership team, and members of Superintendent's cabinet, outlined the methodologies used to increase student performance -- and the next steps to sustain growth. District leaders said the town should take pride that a Fairfield County school district traveled to Bloomfield to learn more about best practices to improve student performance.

In 2011, BHS was identified by the State Department of Education as one of the lowest-performing high schools in Connecticut. Since that time, the graduation rate at BHS has increased from 74% in 2011 to 90% in 2017. U.S. News & World Report in 2017 selected Bloomfield High as one of the Top High Schools in CT. Both the Governor and Education Commissioner have visited the district, praising it for improving student performance and closing the academic achievement gap in Connecticut. 

Steven Adamowski, the former Hartford schools chief, is now the Superintendent of Norwalk Public Schools. He is attempting to spur an academic turnaround there. Several years ago, Bloomfield Superintendent Dr. James Thompson Jr. worked as an Assistant Superintendent under Adamowski in Hartford. Under Dr. Thompson's direction, Hartford delivered three consecutive years of academic growth at the elementary school levels.

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