SDE: Performance Office

Performance Office


In February 2012, the Connecticut State Department of Education participated in a federal application process for flexibility from certain requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The U.S. Department of Education (USED) approved Connecticut’s flexibility request (or waiver), allowing the State to establish a new accountability system to assess school performance. On August 6, 2015, the USED approved a three-year renewal for Connecticut.

 2013-14 Performance Reports

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 School Classifications [pdf]
 Schools of Distinction [
 Frequently Asked Questions [pdf]
 Computational Guide [
 Guide for Parents [

The plan outlined in Connecticut’s ESEA Flexibility Renewal improves the State’s school and district accountability model. The “next generation” accountability model moves beyond just test scores and graduation rates. Instead, it provides a more holistic, multifactor perspective of district and school performance and incorporates student growth over time. For two years, the CSDE actively sought feedback regarding the accountability system from district and school leaders, Connecticut educators, state and national experts, CSDE staff, and many others. The “next generation” system is a direct result of this extensive consultation process.

Accountability System (May 2012 - June 2015) - ARCHIVE

Revised Approved ESEA Flexibility Request (amended July 3, 2014) - [PDF]
Original Approved ESEA Flexibility Request (May, 29, 2012) [
Fall 2012 Waiver-defined school lists:
Turnaround Schools [PDF]

     Review Schools (including Focus) [PDF]

     Schools of Distinction [PDF]

July 2012 Superintendent's meeting [PPT] [PDF]
July Superintendent's meeting with audio [Flash]
Summary of waiver flexibilities [PDF]

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