July 19, 2017
Booker T. Washington—A Bright Spot and Beacon!
“Schools like Booker T. Washington—its leaders, teachers, students and families—are a beacon to other schools, pointing the way to success. Their results shout out, ‘Success with all students is within our reach.” Congratulations to an exceptional school!” Janie Feinberg, President, JP Associates.
Far too many students in our cities are not getting the education they need to succeed. More than two-thirds of children who attend schools in our cities like New Haven, Hartford, and Bridgeport are not on track for postsecondary readiness in either math or ELA. (ConnCAN-Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now).
Seven districts with a higher percentage of Black, Hispanic/Latino, and/or students eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch that the state overall outperformed the state average in ELA and math. Three are traditional districts: Griswold, Montville, and Groton. Four districts are state charter schools (individual charter schools are considered districts in Connecticut): Booker T. Washington Academy, Brass City Charter School, Elm City College Preparatory School, and Side by Side Charter School.
Of the 186 districts with available data, New Haven’s Booker T. Washington Academy is the highest performing overall in math and 33rd highest-performing district in ELA: 87.1% of Booker T. Washington Academy’s students are on track be ready for college and career. 86% of students who attend Booker T. Washington Academy are Black or African American, and 82% quality for free and reduced-price lunch.
“We must do more, faster, to ensure that our children are ready to succeed. Our students and our economy cannot wait decades,” said ConnCAN’s Alexander. “Fortunately, we know what it would take to deliver a quality public education to every student in Connecticut. The bright spots in these scores point to a way forward. We call on our state and local leaders to accelerate progress and make bold strides to deliver a high-quality education to all children.”
“We are already getting a lot of attention from folk who want to know what we use to get our results. JP Associates is a significant part of our success,” states Booker T. Washington’s Executive Director, John Taylor.
“When you enter the school, the culture is so present you can feel it. Leadership provides a clear vision coupled with effective support. Teachers are engaged with students and each other. They share information. They are open and eager to work with us to identify both challenges and solutions. They are just a pleasure to work with,” says Dan Link, JP School Improvement Specialist.
JP is honored to be working with Booker T. Washington’s leaders and teachers.