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                                  STRATEGIC SCHOOL PROFILE 2006-07
                                              Elementary School K-6 Edition

                                                    Edison School
                                             Bridgeport School District

DONNA M FALAT, Principal                                                                       Telephone: (203) 576-7183

This profile was produced by the Connecticut State Department of Education in accordance with CT General Statutes 10-220(c).

STUDENT ENROLLMENT                                                                      TYPE OF SCHOOL
Total Enrollment: 420                                                                   School Type: Traditional/Regular
5-Year Enrollment Change: 8.5%                                                          School Grade Range: PK- 6

                                                   SCHOOL NEED

Current and Past School Need                          Year             School             District K-6          State K-6
                                                                                            Schools              Schools
% of Students Eligible for Free/Reduced-            2006-07             94.5                 >95.0                 27.7
Price Meals                                         2002-03            >95.0                 >95.0                 28.8
% of K-12 Students with Non-English                 2006-07             27.1                   39.0                13.5
Home Language                                       2001-02             22.7                   43.3                14.1
% of Students above Entry Grade who                 2006-07             81.9                   85.7                87.7
Attended this School the Previous Year              2001-02             72.1                   75.7                86.2
                                                     Year              School               District              State
% of Kindergarten Students who Attended             2006-07             57.3                   65.5                79.3
Preschool, Nursery School or Headstart              2001-02             68.0                   66.8                75.1

Enrollment in Special Programs                 Students in           Percent in          % in District         % in State
                                                 School               School             K-6 Schools           K-6 Schools
Bilingual Education and English as a                 3                    0.8                 13.1                6.9
Second Language Services (K-12)
Compensatory Education**                           411                   97.9                 93.6                23.6
Full or Extended Day Kindergarten                   75                   N/A                  N/A                  N/A
Gifted and Talented Program                          0                    0.0                  0.0                 1.8
Special Education                                   36                    8.6                  9.9                10.8
Prekindergarten                                     36                   N/A                  N/A                  N/A
**This school uses a school-wide approach to Comp. Ed. These figures do not reflect individual students' educational need.
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Race/Ethnicity            Number                 Percent                       STUDENT RACE/ETHNICITY
American Indian               0                     0.0
Asian American                8                     1.9
Black                       232                    55.2                        Total Minority 2006-07              93.6%
Hispanic                    153                    36.4                        Total Minority 2001-02              95.1%
White                        27                     6.4

Below is the description submitted by this school of how it provides educational opportunities for its students to interact with
students and teachers from diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds.

Edison School continues in its efforts to reduce racial, ethnic, and economic isolation. The entire student body takes
a day to participate in well organized competitive physical activities developed and supervised by New Cannan High
School staff and students. The Greater Bridgeport Area Foundation Board of Directors and Cultural Enrichment
Advisory Committee awarded Kindergarten and grade 6 teachers the opportunity for their students to attend plays
and musical productions which expanded student access to culturally enriching programs of various ethnic origins.
Grade 5 students teamed with suburban elementary students of Trumbull Connecticut to participate in a ‘Star
Searchers Program.’ They visited each other’s schools for math and science activities and collectively visited local
museums. A presentation of science projects was a culminating activity for the year in which parents were invited to
participate. Grade 5 students, along with students from various suburban towns throughout Connecticut participated
in a four day camping trip to ‘Nature’s Classroom.’ They were provided with an environmental education in a
residential setting. The goal of the program was to provide students with ecological understanding and community
awareness. Students in grade 4, 5, and 6 in an after school program participated in a program of dance that included
cultural dances from various countries around the world. Various programs celebrating diversity and cultural
heritage were performed by students throughout the year. Students in grades 4 and 6 celebrated Black History by
performing a play for family and friends. Students of all grades presented parents with a talent show of song and
dance also representing various cultures. Edison School staff and students continue to make good progress with
diverse cultural and ethnic connections.

                                               SCHOOL RESOURCES
Instructional Time*                                            School                 District K-6               State K-6
Total Hours of Instruction Per Year                             989                       989                       985
*State law requires at least 900 hours for grades 1 through 12 and full-day kindergarten, and 450 hours for half-day kindergarten.

TECHNOLOGY                          % of Classrooms, Libraries, and                School        District K-6        State K-6
                                    Laboratories Wired for:
                                                           Video                     95.0              99.7              64.6
                                                           Voice                     95.0              99.7              74.8
                                                 Internet Access                     95.0              99.7              97.3
                                      Multi-Room Network (LAN)                       95.0               5.3              81.3

Computers                                                      School          Dist K-6         State K-6         This school
# of Students Per Academic Computer                              3.4              3.3               3.6           does not have
                                                                                                                  a functional
% of Computers that are High or Moderate Power                  89.3             87.4             89.5
                                                                                                                  satellite link.
% of Computers with Internet Access, All Speeds                100.0           100.0              97.3
% of Computers with High Speed Internet Access                 100.0             93.1             96.1
% of Internet Computers with Filtering Software                100.0           100.0              98.6
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                                    SCHOOL RESOURCES, continued

LIBRARY MATERIALS                       Print and Non-Print Materials                 School        Dist K-6        State K-6
Free on-line access to periodicals,     # of Print Volumes Per Student*                 17.7           15.2            28.0
newspapers, and other resources is      % of Print Volumes Purchased in                 67.2           46.1            12.2
available to all Connecticut schools    the Last Three Years
through the Connecticut Digital
Library.                                # of Print Periodical Subscriptions             0              0.5             15.1
                                        # of Non-Print Materials                      200             89.4            406.8
                                        *Because a certain number of volumes are needed for a library of adequate breadth
                                        and depth, a small school may need a higher number of volumes per student.

                                                                School Staff Count                       2006-07      2005-06
                                                                Full-Time Equivalent
                                                                # of Certified Staff
                                                                  Teachers                                 22.2        23.2
Average Class Size        School    District     State            Administrators                            1.0         1.0
Gr. K    2006-07           25.0      22.1        18.2             Department Chairs                         0.0         0.0
         2001-02           25.0      20.2        18.3             Library/Media Staff                       0.0         0.0
Gr. 2    2006-07           26.5      22.5        19.5             Counselors, Social Workers,               1.5         0.0
         2001-02           28.0      21.7        19.6                and School Psychologists
Gr. 5    2006-07           25.5      25.1        21.2             Other Professionals                        1.6          1.6
         2001-02           28.5      24.9        21.5           # of Non-Certified Instructional             7.0          6.0

Professional Staff Race/Ethnicity                                           2006-07            2005-06             2001-02
  % Minority                                                                  10.0                7.1                12.5
Professional Staff Experience and Training                                  School          District K-6           State K-6
Average Years of Experience in Connecticut and Other Locations               11.2               12.9                  14.0
% with Master’s Degree or Above                                              90.0               85.0                  81.0

                                           SCHOOL PROCESSES
Selected Subject Areas, Grade 5                Estimated Hours of Instruction Per Year                         Computer/
                                           School                District                   State              Supported
Art*                                            21                   21                      31                     No
Computer Education                               0                    3                      17                     N/A
English Language Arts*                         480                  478                     427                     No
Family and Consumer Science                      0                    0                       1                     N/A
Health*                                         21                   20                      23                     No
Library Media Skills*                           21                   21                      18                     Yes
Mathematics*                                   195                  195                     195                     Yes
Music*                                          21                   21                      32                     No
Physical Education*                             36                   36                      40                     No
Science*                                        97                   96                      97                     No
Social Studies*                                 97                   96                      92                     No
Technology Education                             0                    0                       1                     N/A
World Languages                                  0                    2                      11                     N/A
*Interdisciplinary Approach
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                                       SCHOOL PROCESSES, continued

                          Types of Remedial Instructional Services                Available in           Available in
                          Provided to Students Lacking Basic Skills               Mathematics           Language Arts
                          Pull-Out Instruction                                        No                     No
                          In-Class Tutorial                                          Yes                    Yes
                          After School Program                                        No                     No
                          Summer School (2006)                                        No                    Yes
                          Other                                                       No                     No

World Language Formal instruction (at least 1 hour per week) in a world language is not offered in this school. In
Connecticut, 20.0% of K-6 schools offer world language instruction.

Student and Teacher Statistics                                           School          District K-6        State K-6
% of Students Retained in Grade after 2005-06 School Year                   7.1               5.2                1.5
Teacher Attendance, 2005-06: Average # of Days Absent Due                   7.7               7.9                8.7
to Illness or Personal Time
% Certified Staff Assigned to Same School the Previous Year                76.7              84.5               83.3

The following narrative was submitted by this school.

Edison School is committed to supporting the family’s role in the Education of our students. Our Leadership Team,
Principal, Literacy Facilitators / Numeracy Coach, as well as our Home School Coordinator, guides our efforts.
Parents who serve on our Literacy Team take part in a decision making process for over-all school improvement
including student academic achievement, comportment, family oriented activities, and building conditions. The
Literacy Facilitators and Numeracy Coach conduct parent workshops addressing grade level curriculum
expectations. Strategies and take out materials, which parents can use to assist their children with studies at home,
are provided. The Home School Coordinator invites and encourages parents to sign up for classroom assistance,
organizes family nights which focus on math and literacy, or an entertainment evening that may include games or a
movie. The Home School Coordinator also schedules PAC meetings at convenient times and notifies parents
regarding district PAC meetings and functions. The principal publishes a monthly calendar along with a news letter
informing parents of up coming events and happenings around the school. The letter also includes a page dedicated
to suggestions and ideas in which parents can support their child’s academic learning at home. Teachers provide
parents with a letter of expectation for their class at the start of the school year and continue to keep parents apprised
of events and activities throughout the year. Teacher-parent contact is provided through phone calls, newsletters,
memos, progress reports, and website postings. This year, parents were invited to a ‘Student of the Month’ award
breakfast recognition ceremony, student theme performances, science fair exhibitions, and classroom ‘Readers
Theater’ productions. Also, the school’s library assistant and parent volunteers hosted a very effective and
productive book fair. Our goal is to continue to cultivate an involved and committed Parent Activity Committee
which will be instrumental in providing enriching experiences for our students.
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                                     STUDENT PERFORMANCE

Connecticut Mastery Test, Fourth Generation, % Meeting State Goal. The Goal level is more demanding than
the Proficient level, but not as high as the Advanced level, reported in the No Child Left Behind Report Cards.

Grade and CMT Subject             School           District           State            Of All Schools in State
Area                                                                                  Lowest %       Highest %
Grade 3 Reading                    17.0              20.7              52.3              1.6             92.6
        Writing                    28.3              32.1              60.8              0.0             93.9
        Mathematics                15.1              27.7              59.4              0.0             96.0
Grade 4 Reading                    18.4              24.5              57.0              0.0             95.2
        Writing                    46.9              35.1              65.1              0.0             96.8
        Mathematics                22.4              28.9              62.3              0.0           100.0
Grade 5 Reading                    20.4              27.0              61.4              2.6             98.7
        Writing                    28.0              32.0              64.6              2.3             98.5
        Mathematics                36.0              32.4              66.0              4.5             95.8
Grade 6 Reading                    24.4              31.2              64.3              0.0           100.0
        Writing                    35.7              33.8              63.0              0.0             97.5
        Mathematics                19.0              32.8              63.9              0.0             97.4

                                These results reflect the performance of students with scoreable tests who were
                                enrolled in the district at the time of testing, regardless of the length of time they
                                were enrolled in the district. Results for fewer than 20 students are not presented.

                                For more detailed CMT results, go to www.ctreports.

                                To see the NCLB Report Card for this school, go to and click on
                                “No Child Left Behind.”

Student Attendance                School         District K-6        State K-6
% on October 1, 2006                95.7              97.0               96.3

Physical Fitness                  School            District           State            Of All Schools in State
% Passing All 4 Tests                                                                 Lowest %        Highest %
Grade 4                            35.6              34.2               33.5             0.0             86.6
Grade 6                            43.2              37.0               35.5             0.0             93.8
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                               SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLANS AND ACTIVITIES
The following narrative was submitted by this school.

Although students demonstrated growth in various disciplines, we would like to see a greater number of students
come within goal range in all areas on the Connecticut Mastery Test. The Edison School Education Plan Committee
will continue to identify areas of need and apply specific strategies for improvement. We have identified Tier II
indicators for reading, writing, math, and science for the 2007-2008 school year. We will continue to focus on
improving reading comprehension and problem solving skills in mathematics as determined by Reading First
assessments, quarterly on-line assessments and the Connecticut Mastery Teat. Teachers will continue to fully
implement the district’s Comprehensive Literacy Plan. Reading First DIBBLES assessments and DRA assessment
results will target students’ needs; tutoring will be provided for at risk students. Pacing guides will continue to assist
teachers with time lines for instruction in numeracy. The use of cohort and portfolio assessments will be studied to
monitor student progress and adjust and provide differentiated instruction accordingly. Providing teachers with
relevant professional development including NUA and data driven instruction strategies is needed. Edison School
maintains a Leadership Committee composed of parents, faculty members, and administrator. This team is also
working on a plan to reduce student suspensions, improve comportment, and over all school climate. A staff survey
has already been developed and issued during the 2006-2007 school year to begin this process. As a result of this
survey, we will begin by targeting areas of greatest concern. A positive behavioral improvement plan will be
constructed and implemented for all students in the 2007-2008 school year.

                                    SUPPLEMENTAL SCHOOL INFORMATION
The space below was optionally used by this school to describe aspects of the school not presented elsewhere in the profile.

Implementing a Balanced Literacy Program was an on-going goal for Edison School during the 2006-2007 school
year. Initiatives were aligned with Natural Urban Alliance, data driven instruction, district curriculum, the
Connecticut Framework, Empowering Writers’ Program, and Reading First instruction. Pacing charts and problem
solving guides were followed in mathematics, while criteria charts, rubrics, and higher order thinking strategies were
implemented throughout the disciplines. These initiatives promoted academic rigor and improved student
achievement across the disciplines. Kindergarten and grade one students demonstrated progress but continued effort
and skillful instruction is necessary in order for them to reach their full potential. As evidenced by the 2007 CMT
results, grade 3 students demonstrated significant gains in writing reaching a 17.9% gain at or above proficiency and
an 8.3% gain at or above goal over 2006 CMT score results. Grade 5 demonstrated an 11.7% gain above proficiency
and a 1.6% gain above goal in writing. Grade 3 also demonstrated a 4.9% increase above proficiency in math and
grade 4 demonstrated a 4% gain above goal in math over the previous school year. Grade 6 students were 78.6% at
proficiency in writing. Edison School students participated in a number of initiatives that promoted academic growth
and were also motivational. Students utilized writing skills and strategies across the disciplines. They have been
awarded district recognition for their submission of books for the Young Author Reading Competition. Grade 6
students team up with Kindergarten students for a ‘Learning Buddies Program’ once a week. This partnership allows
upper grade students to act as mentors for the younger children. Edison School students are recognized on a monthly
basis for either academic achievement or exemplary conduct. These students also participate in a quarterly
recognition breakfast with their parents.

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