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                                  STRATEGIC SCHOOL PROFILE 2005-06
                                                     High School Edition

                                  J. M. Wright Technical High School
                                 Connecticut Technical High School System

SIDNEY ABRAMOWITZ, Principal                                                                Telephone: (203) 324-7363
JUSTIN P LOWE, Asst. Principal
REBECCA A HAMMAN, Asst. Principal

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: 275                                                               School Type: Technical High School
5-Year Enrollment Change: -32.9%                                                    School Grade Range: 9-12

                                                   SCHOOL NEED

Current and Past School Need                  Year               School              District High             State High
                                                                                       Schools                  Schools
% of Students Eligible for                  2005-06                47.6                  33.4                     22.4
Free/Reduced-Price Meals                    2002-03                42.5                  31.4                     17.6
% of K-12 Students with Non-                2005-06                26.5                  12.4                     11.4
English Home Language                       2000-01                11.7                  11.9                     11.2
% of Juniors and Seniors Working            2005-06                29.3                  29.8                     21.7
More than 16 Hours Per Week                 2000-01                16.2                  54.1                     31.7

Enrollment in Special Programs                 Students in            Percent in          % in District         % in State
                                                 School                School             High Schools         High Schools
Bilingual Education and English as a               51                   18.5                   6.9                 3.4
Second Language Services (K-12)
Compensatory Education**                           275                    100.0                41.5                  7.4
Gifted and Talented Program                          0                      0.0                 0.0                  1.6
Special Education                                   42                     15.3                10.5                 11.0
**This school uses a school-wide approach to Comp. Ed. These figures do not reflect individual students' educational need.
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                                          STUDENT RACE/ETHNICITY

Race/Ethnicity             Number                Percent                   Total Minority 2005-06                  86.2%
American Indian               3                    1.1                     Total Minority 2000-01                  84.6%
Asian American                2                    0.7
Black                       116                   42.2
Hispanic                    116                   42.2
White                        38                   13.8

Connecticut law requires that school districts provide educational opportunities for their students to interact with students and
teachers from diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. This may occur through programs with other schools, distance
learning, or other experiences. Below is the description submitted by this school of how it provides such experiences.

J.M. Wright Technical High School is a high school for students serious about entering into a career or continuing
their education. In a continuing effort to improve upon our successes, J. M. Wright Technical High School, under
new building leadership, developed a program with a rigorous academic focus and a strong commitment to the
students, parents and the community to prepare its students for success in the 21st century. The new leadership, new
focus and new direction have made a tremendous difference in a very short period of time.
Multicultural celebrations and other programs sharing a variety of customs and activities are performed on a regular
basis and consequently, students develop a life-long appreciation for cultural differences. Vital communications are
translated in Spanish for those Hispanic parents not fluent in English. Our Strategic Learning Labs have a certified
mathematics and language arts instructor co-teaching with an English Language Learner (ELL) and a special
education teacher providing all students with the tools to learn.
Participation in the SkillsUSA club gives students opportunities to travel, and to compete with their peers throughout
the State and nation. Students participate in field experiences, job skill demonstrations and Cooperative Work
Experiences (CWE) that include participation with diverse groups of people. Contracts with several nursing homes
have recently been signed that will further allow our students clinical experiences at facilities with a diverse
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                                                 SCHOOL RESOURCES

Instructional Time*                                                            School         District HS             State HS
Total Hours of Instruction Per Year                                             1,005           1,065                 1,002
*State law requires at least 900 hours for grades 1 through 12.

TECHNOLOGY                          % of Classrooms, Libraries,                 School        District High       State High
                                    and Laboratories Wired for:                                 Schools            Schools
                                                          Video                 100.0              100.0                75.3
                                                          Voice                 100.0              100.0                80.1
                                                Internet Access                 100.0              100.0                96.5
                                     Multi-Room Network (LAN)                   100.0              100.0                80.6

Computers                                                         School        Dist HS           State HS        This school
# of Students Per Academic Computer                                 0.8           2.0                3.1          does not
% of Computers that are High or Moderate Power                    100.0          72.4               86.1          have a
% of Computers with Internet Access, All Speeds                   100.0          92.3               97.6
                                                                                                                  satellite link.
% of Computers with High Speed Internet Access                    100.0          92.3               97.6
% of Internet Computers with Filtering Software                   100.0         100.0               98.8

LIBRARY MATERIALS                            Library Materials                            School       Dist HS         State HS
Free on-line access to periodicals,          # of Print Volumes Per Student                  9.3         11.9             15.7
newspapers, and other resources is           % of Print Volumes Purchased in                25.5         15.7             11.7
available to all Connecticut schools         the Last Three Years
through the Connecticut Digital
                                             # of Print Periodical Subscriptions             54          38.4             46.6
                                             # of Non-Print Materials                       290         478.8            811.0

STAFFING RESOURCES                                                  School Staff Count                       2005-06    2004-05
                                                                    Full-Time Equivalent
                                                                    # of Certified Staff
                                                                      Teachers                                 40.0       44.9
                                                                      Administrators                            4.0        4.0
                                                                      Department Chairs                         0.0        0.0
Average Class Size         School     District      State             Library/Media Staff                       1.0        1.0
Algebra I                   19.7       19.2         20.0              Counselors, Social Workers,               4.0        4.0
Biology I                   13.5       17.6         20.1                and School Psychologists
English, Grade 10           16.5       18.4         19.9              Other Professionals                       0.0        0.0
American History            16.0       18.9         21.1            # of Non-Certified Instructional            1.4        1.4

Professional Staff Race/Ethnicity                             2005-06                   2004-05                  2000-01
% Minority                                                      20.4                      29.6                     14.0

Professional Staff Experience and Training                        School             District HS                 State HS
Average Number of Years Experience in CT                            8.1                  11.6                       13.2
% with Master’s Degree or Above                                    44.9                  45.3                       75.6
% Trained as Mentors, Assessors, or                                14.3                  21.4                       26.8
Cooperating Teachers
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                                                        SCHOOL PROCESSES
Student and Teacher Statistics                                                           School           District HS            State HS
% of Students Retained in Grade after 2004-05 School Year                                   1.7                  0.4                   4.7
Teacher Attendance, 2004-05: Average # of Days Absent Due to                               13.5                 10.7                   8.3
Illness or Personal Time
% Certified Staff Assigned to Same School the Previous Year                                69.4                 86.0                  86.0

Types of Remedial Instructional Services                               Available in           Available in             Interactive
Provided to Students Lacking Basic Skills                              Mathematics           Language Arts             Distance Learning
Pull-out Instruction                                                       No                     No                   This school does not
                                                                                                                       utilize interactive
In-Class Tutorial                                                          No                     No
                                                                                                                       distance learning.
After School Program                                                       No                     No
Summer School (2005)                                                       No                     No
Other                                                                      No                     No

% Juniors and Seniors Enrolled in Course for College Credit                              School           District HS            State HS
During the 2004-05 School Year                                                              0.0                 15.9                  25.5
During the 1999-2000 School Year                                                            0.0                 12.6                  21.9

Advanced Placement Courses                                                               School           District HS            State HS
Number of Courses for which Students were Tested                                            0                    0.3                   8.7
% of Grade 12 Students Tested                                                               0.0                  1.2                  19.3
% of Exams Scored 3 or More*                                                                0.0                 21.4                  71.7
*A score of three or higher is generally required for earning college credit.

% of Yr 2005 Grads               School        District       State             Total Credits     School            District          State
who Earned Credit                               High          High              Required for                                         Required
in Selected Subjects                           Schools       Schools            Graduation
Algebra I                         96.2          98.5          91.1              Required for       27.8                27.8            20.0
Chemistry                         85.9           51.7          70.2             Class of 2005

                                                  STUDENT PERFORMANCE
SAT® I: Reasoning Test                                       Class of 2000                              Class of 2005
                                                                School                 School             District                   State
% of Graduates Tested                                            19.4                   23.1                28.6                     74.9
Mathematics: Average Score                                         345                   312                 408                      512
Mathematics: % Scoring 600 or More                                 0.0                   0.0                 2.2                     24.6
Verbal: Average Score                                              341                   306                 409                      510
Verbal: % Scoring 600 or More                                      0.0                   0.0                 2.9                     22.7

Student Attendance              School        District        State             Physical Fitness,           School        District      State
                                                HS             HS               Grade 10
% on October 1, 2005              97.1         95.4           93.9              % Passing All 4 Tests        24.6             25.4       39.1

Dropout Rates                                                         School          District          State          Class of 2005:
Cumulative Four-Year Rate for Class of 2005                            5.4              1.8              7.4           Number of National
                                                                                                                       Merit Scholarship
2004-05 Annual Rate for Grades 9 through 12                            0.0              0.1              1.7
                                                                                                                       Semi-Finalists: 0
1999-2000 Annual Rate for Grades 9 through 12                          0.2              1.0              3.1
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                                  STUDENT PERFORMANCE, continued

Connecticut Academic Performance Test, Second Generation, % Meeting State Goal: The state Goal was
established with the advice and assistance of a cross section of Connecticut educators. Students receive certification
of mastery for each area in which they meet or exceed the Goal. The Goal level is more demanding than the state
Proficient level, but not as high as the Advanced level, reported in the No Child Left Behind Report Cards.
Conn. Academic Performance Test               School          District          State       Of All Schools in State
% Grade 10 Meeting State Goal in:                                                          Lowest %      Highest %
 Reading Across the Disciplines                  6.3             23.7            46.5          0.0            83.9
 Writing Across the Disciplines                 11.1             32.1            52.4          0.0            91.3
 Mathematics                                     9.5             29.3            46.3          0.0            83.3
 Science                                         6.2             25.4            44.6          0.0            85.3

The figures above were calculated differently than those reported in
the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Report Cards. Unlike NCLB
figures, 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.

                          Activities of Graduates                Class of       School      District          State
                          % Attending Two- or Four-Year           2005           23.1        35.1             78.3
                          Colleges                                2000           20.9        29.4             75.4
                          % Employed or in Military               2005           37.2        53.1             13.9
                                                                  2000           68.7        61.5             17.6

% of Class of 2005 Graduates Employed Fulltime                 # of Graduates      % Available for     % of Available
                                                                                    Employment          Employed
Auto Body Repair                                                         6               83.3               40.0
Automotive Mechanic                                                      9               22.2              100.0
Carpentry                                                                5               60.0                0.0
Culinary Arts                                                            7               42.9               33.3
Electrical                                                               6               50.0               33.3
Hairdressing/Barbering/Cosmetology                                      12               33.3                0.0
Information Support and Services                                         3               33.3                0.0
Interactive Media                                                        9               33.3               66.7
Manufacturing Technology                                                 6               83.3               40.0
Network Systems                                                          3                0.0             N/A
Plumbing and Heating                                                     5               60.0               66.7
Programming and Software Development                                     7               28.6                0.0
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Below is a summary, submitted by this school, of the major trends in student performance and accomplishments that indicate
sustained improvement over time. Also, areas of need are identified and plans to address these needs are presented.

The two major indicators of student success are the Connecticut Academic Performance test (CAPT) and the
National Occupational Testing Instrument (NOCTI). Teachers are aware of the performance indicators that are being
tested and through the implementation of "standards-based" curricula. The staff has been participating in
professional development that demonstrates the Strategic Instructional Model (SIM) strategies, research based best
practices that have been proven to improve student success as demonstrated by increased scores on major
assessments. Most noteworthy professional development has been focused on differentiated instruction and the
embedding of SIM strategies and other best practices into each lesson.
The National Occupational Testing Instrument (NOCTI) evaluates written and job demonstration skills necessary for
practical technical performance in the construction and technology fields. Student performance on the NOCTI has
also seen improvement in six areas, with continued improvement in written scores.
CAPT strategy workshops will continue to be offered to our new staff members as well as training in our Strategic
Instructional Model. Student achievement will be constantly monitored and instructional strategies differentiated to
continue to meet the needs of all of our students. Academic teachers are working closely with trade and service
instructors to integrate and reinforce areas of their curricula. Evidence of sustained improvement in areas of student
attendance, and participation on all areas of the CAPT and NOCTI is visible at J.M. Wright Technical High School.
Although we continue to focus on increased student performance on the CAPT, the following information is
o Students at proficient or above in Mathematics improved 22% from 2005 to 2006 for a total increase of 26% from
o Students at proficient or above in Science improved 7% from 2005 to 2006 for a total increase from 2004 of 9%.
o Increases on the Reading and Writing portions of the test also increased a total of 7%.

                                    SUPPLEMENTAL SCHOOL INFORMATION
The space below was optionally used by this school to describe aspects of the school not presented elsewhere in the profile. For
instance, character education or programs designed to improve school climate may be described.

J.M. Wright has a rich history with Stamford and its region. As the regional vocational -now technical-high school,
this institution has helped literally thousands of our residents prepare for careers in business, industry and the
construction trades. Many of our graduates have gone on to open businesses that are the life’s blood of this
community. J.M. Wright Technical High School has entered into new relationships with Stamford and Norwalk
Public Schools as well as expanding our partnerships with Norwalk Community College and Stamford Hospital. Our
“Dual Enrollment” program allows either juniors or seniors from Norwalk, Greenwich and Stamford public schools
to attend J.M. Wright for one year so that they may receive a certificate in Automotive Technology, Automotive
Collision or Culinary Arts. Our newly added Health and Medical Technology program was so well received that an
additional instructor was added this school year. All students participating in this program will receive certification
as a certified nurse assistant (CNA) before the end of their junior year.
Student organized blood drives and various fundraising events are further indicators of the cooperative and cohesive
student body. The implementation of a "school store” operated and managed by students, regularly scheduled
student recognition assemblies and student activity periods along with our highly successful Peer Mediation
Program further stresses communication, mutual respect and responsibility.
Wright Tech maintains a small learning environment that promotes civility and respect, self-discipline, teamwork
and community and school spirit. Its advantage over other schools is that it: trains students for careers in job
categories relevant to our local economy, maintains close ties with local employers and institutions of higher
learning, focuses on specific job and life skills, and provides its graduates with more options in life; from direct
employment to further education.

 Strategic School Profiles may be viewed on the internet at www.state.ct.us/sde. A more detailed, searchable SSP
               database, data tables, and additional CT education facts are also available at this site.
                        For the school/district website, see www.cttech.org/wright/index.htm
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