HCS is a School Of Distinction!

HCS is a School of Distinction!
Posted on 02/20/2018

 The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) recently released the results from the 2016-2017 Next Generation Accountability System.  This system measures school and district performance based on 12 indicators which include:

  • school attendance rates
  • student performance and growth on the Smarter Balanced Assessments (administered in grades 3 & 4 at HCS)
  • performance on the physical fitness assessment (administered in grades 3 & 4 at HCS)


The CSDE designated 124 schools in the state of Connecticut as Schools of Distinction.  To be recognized as a School of Distinction schools must meet criteria to be considered a "highest performing", "highest growth", or "greatest improver". 


Harwinton Consolidated School earned two Distinctions from the CSDE. 

  • The Accountability Index score that HCS earned is in the top 10% of elementary and middle schools in the state of Connecticut.  We were one of 59 schools to be recognized for our high level of performance. 
  • HCS is also in the top 10% of schools based on the performance of our students and was recognized for the Highest Growth based on the increase in performance from 3rd to 4th grade on the Smarter Balanced Assessments.  We were one of 61 schools recognized in the state of Connecticut for the growth that our students made.


You can see the CSDE press release here: http://portal.ct.gov/SDE/Press-Room/Press-Releases/2018/More-students-demonstrate-college-and-career-readiness


This is the third year that the state has used a rating system to recognize Schools of Distinction.  HCS has been named as a School of Distinction each year!  This achievement would not be possible without the commitment and dedication of the HCS teachers and staff members – they are all amazing people.  It is also a testament to the support that the students receive from home.  Parents, thank you for making your child’s education a priority.  These factors are instrumental in ensuring that HCS student achievement is at the highest levels.


I appreciate everything that the HCS community does to make our school a successful place for teaching and learning!

Megan Mazzei