The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) constitutes one of two available assessments of the higher standards that have been in place for years to elevate American students’ global competiveness. This is a new and more difficult test geared to the critical thinking requirements educators foresee our children needing for literacy, job preparedness, and civic participation throughout their lives. Achieve Hartford! will be providing several data-based analyses regarding Hartford, its peer urban school districts, and both the strong and weak points of the conversion to SBAC from CMT and CAPT.

The Performance section answers questions related to the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) performance of Hartford Public Schools. Topics include: what reform strategies have been successful, how Hartford has done in closing the achievement gap with the state, surrounding districts, and other urban districts Connecticut, and a HPS zone performance analysis.

The Magnet section analyzes student performance in HPS magnet schools. Topics include which magnet schools are closing the gap between Hartford and suburban students, the impact of suburban students on HPS performance, and whether Hartford students are better off by attending magnet schools. 

The Cohort approach to measuring growth in student achievement looks at the trajectory of a group of students as they progress through school. This section analyzes whether Hartford Public Schools are able to increase student performance from Grade 3 to Grade 8, and which grades and subjects see the greatest gains and challenges.

The Special Topics section will answer questions outside of the above categories, including which schools are hemorrhaging students and how HPS and CREC magnet schools compare.