Effective Practices of 5 Public Elementary Schools in Fairfield County


p      Inspirational and Visionary Leadership: Principals inspire staff, parents and students to commit to their very clear vision for how the school will reach challenging goals for student academic and personal achievement.

p      Data Analysis and Collaborative Leadership: Administrators and/or teachers work in collaborative leadership teams to analyze in great detail student assessment data in reading, math, and writing to drive decisions about instruction at individual, group, grade and school level.

p      Teacher Collaboration: Regularly scheduled grade and cross-grade meetings of teachers and support staff ensure the alignment of instruction and curriculum to data and enable the sharing of effective lessons and teaching strategies.

p      Accountability: Every teacher and specialist accepts accountability for every student's achievement and progress, and consistently follows research-proven procedures for planning and delivering effective learning.

p      Use of Formative and Summative Data to Raise Student Achievement and Accelerate Progress:  The whole faculty constantly uses and shares formative and summative data to measure student achievement throughout the year, to target interventions and to drive instruction.

p      Targeted Grouping: The leadership team uses formative testing data to implement flexible and constantly changing classroom and cross-grade groupings for reading and math to target student specific academic needs and to ensure academic challenge.

p      Good Support for Student Learning: Effective transition arrangements ensure that student achievement does not need to be reassessed at the start of each year and so enable teachers and students to hit the ground running. Intervention and extended day activities support all students and not just those who are not reaching proficiency levels. There is strong focus on research-proven student learning and creating environments that support personal and emotional development alongside academic achievement.

p      Self Assessments: Students know in reading and math the level they are working on and the level they are working toward.

p      Parent Involvement: Parents are welcomed as equal partners in their children's education and so support the schools in their work.

p      Community Partnerships: The support from community groups extends student experiences and enriches the curriculum both on and off-site.