The website schooldigger.com, ranked 173 communities in Connecticut by the performance of their education systems and Stamford landed at 137.
Uh, oh, the realtors might say and many home sellers.
The site, which updated its information in September, relies on standardized test scores to establish rankings for individual schools, districts and communities and some realtors say buyers rely on schooldigger and sites like it to determine where they will look for a home and where they will not.
But let’s hold off on the hand wringing and crying, for a moment.
Stamford’s numbers are the second best of the major urban centers in the state. Only Norwalk schools ranked higher. (Nice job Norwalk, by the way.) New Haven, Bridgeport, Hartford, Danbury, New London and Waterbury all landed lower on the list.
The top ranked community for education was New Canaan (a perennial leader in education so they’ are doing something right over there). Affluent communities like Stamford’s neighbor dominated the tops of all lists in the rankings. School Digger has ranks for elementary, middle and high schools, as well as districts and states. Connecticut is 25th in the nation, up six spots from last year.
But before you make a decision about buying or before you start worrying about the schools, remember, statistics are not predictive, nor can they tell the story of individual experience.
As you dig into individual performance at schools, you start to find some interesting things, like success can be found at almost every school. Failure, too, I might add.
Take for example advanced placement results at AITE, Westhill and Stamford High’s. These schools, in the 137th ranked community, have a high number of students who pass the exam. The list of colleges graduates of the city’s schools attend are as impressive as the highest ranking districts. Sure, Stamford didn’t send any students to Middlebury College, but graduates in 2012 went to Harvard, Yale, Princeton and MIT, which are almost as good.
How did these kids get into these schools? How did they pass the AP tests, in such a low ranked district?
I’d check at home and what the parents are doing. Some are using financial resources to help their kids succeed and some are investing as much time as they can helping their kids read and understand math and science and the world around them.
So ultimately, what you bring into the house you pick to buy, is probably as important, if not more, than the school’s rankings, in determining how succesful your kid will be academically
And that’s why some districts are investing in parent education these days.
Here’s how SchoolDigger ranked Stamford’s elementary schools. By the way, the difference between the combined CMT scores for the highest ranked school and the lowest was less than 50.
The schools are listed by ranking in the city with their overall ranking for the state listed next to them
1.Rogers– 79th out of 514 in the state
2.Springdale — 97 in state
3.Northeast – 198 in state
4. Hart — 215 in state
5. Westover - 225 in state
6. Stillmeadow — 244
7. Toquam – 303
8. Newfield — 307
9. Davenport — 309
10. KT Murphy — 325
11. Stark – 326
12. Roxbury — 374
The Middle Schools 37 points separated the highest from lowest
1.Scofield 99th out of 266 in the state
2. Rogers 122
3. TOR 157
4. Rippowam 168
5. Dolan 172
6. Cloonan 177
The High Schools 48 points separated high from low.
1. AITE 82nd in the state out of 194 schools
2. Westhill 114th in the state
3. Stamford High 147th