New database: How your school stacks up on important measures

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Grading schools based on test scores has dominated much of the debate about school quality in recent years. But there is so much more that contributes to how students may do. Our Your School database provides a broad collection of measures parents can use to judge their child’s school – from a breakdown of where money is spent to class sizes to how often students are disciplined.

Though data relevant to all students is included, today’s release focuses on one of the state’s lowest-performing populations – English learners. Connecticut has some of the largest academic achievement gaps in the nation between these students and their classmates.

The Mirror is currently publishing a series of stories examining the teaching of English learners in Connecticut. The second story in that series is scheduled to appear Tuesday. You can read the first here.

Periodically we will be adding even more information to our schools database to give you better insight into your child’s school.