From Linda Conner Lambeck, CT Post:
The Bridge Academy, one of the state’s first charter schools, is expected to be put on probation Wednesday when the state considers renewing its charter.
The grade 7-12 school of some 281 students suffers from low test scores and high suspension rates.
On the 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment test administered by the state, the percentage of Bridge students scoring at grade level was lower than the Bridgeport Public School system.
Full story here.
Very interesting. So it is not the school system. It is not the building. It is not the teachers. So how does one change the home environment? Maybe it is time for the city of Bridgeport to do its own case study–without the input of the BOE, Superintendent and anti-Charter personnel. Model the one building after one of the best schools in the state. Hire the best from the state. Have a normal curriculum. Control the environment. Make the criteria fixed and see how the students do.
Maybe Maria P. has been correct all along or maybe you can change the environment and the teachers but the students still go home to the same environment. I wonder if we took 100 students from Bridgeport and put them in Fairfield Schools and 100 kids from Fairfield and put them in Bridgeport schools, the Bridgeport students would continue to perform poorly. It is the parents who need an education and an orientation. Parents expect the schools to raise their children from 8 ’til 5.
Steve, they have been doing this for years as part of the Open Choice programs. Bridgeport students have been attending schools in Fairfield, Trumbull, Stratford, Westport, Weston and Easton for many, many years. The state tracks their performance (and I hope B’port would be too) so they have the data to analyze if they want to.
I wonder if anyone ever tracked the scores of these students?