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                                 STRATEGIC SCHOOL PROFILE 2004-05

                                           Putnam School District
                                    MARGO MARVIN, Superintendent

                                                Telephone: (860) 963-6900




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


                                                COMMUNITY DATA

County: Windham                                 Public School Enrollment as a Percent of Town Population: 14.1%
2000 Population: 9,002                          Public School Enrollment as % of Total Student Population: 89.7%
1990-2000 Population Growth: -0.3%              Percent of Adults without a High School Diploma in 2000: 21.0%
2000 Per Capita Income: $20,597                 Adult Education Enrollment in 2003-04 School Year: 55
Number of Public Schools: 3                     Number of Adults Receiving Diplomas in 2003-04 School Yr.: 13
Number of Nonpublic Schools: 3
Education Reference Group (ERG): H ERG is a classification of districts whose students' families are similar in
education, income, occupation, and need, and that have roughly similar enrollment.

                                                  DISTRICT NEED

Current and Past District Need                                 Year            District          ERG              State
% of Students Eligible for Free/Reduced-Price Meals          2004-2005          33.5             37.4             26.6
                                                             2002-2003          32.0             35.0             25.4
% of K-12 Students with Non-English Home                     2004-2005           3.9             21.8             12.5
Language                                                     1999-2000           2.3             17.6             12.3
% of Elementary and Middle School Students above             2004-2005          95.3             85.4             89.0
Entry Gr. who Attended this School the Previous Yr.          1999-2000          83.9             84.9             86.3
% of Kindergarten Students who Attended Preschool,           2004-2005          74.7             75.2             77.0
Nursery School, or Headstart                                 1999-2000          74.3             69.5             73.1
% of Juniors and Seniors Working More Than 16                2004-2005          17.6             24.9             22.1
Hours Per Week                                               1999-2000          36.8             35.1             30.4


                       STUDENT ENROLLMENT AND RACE/ETHNICITY

Enrollment                                                   Race/Ethnicity                   Number            Percent
Grade Range                            PK-12                 American Indian                      10               0.8
Total Enrollment                        1,329                Asian American                        8               0.6
5-Year Enrollment Change               -6.4%                 Black                                45               3.4
Projected 2009 Enrollment                                    Hispanic                             49               3.7
  Elementary                              530                White                             1,217              91.6
  Middle School                           265                Total Minority 2004-2005            112                8.4
  High School                             380                Total Minority 1999-2000            109                7.7
  Prekindergarten, Other                   61
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                 EFFORTS TO REDUCE RACIAL, ETHNIC, AND ECONOMIC ISOLATION
Connecticut law requires that school districts provide educational opportunities for its students to interact with students and
teachers from diverse racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds. This may occur through magnet school programs, public school
choice programs, charter schools, minority staff recruitment, inter- or intradistrict programs and projects, distance learning, or
other experiences. Below is the description submitted by this school district of how it provides such experiences.


The Putnam Public Schools strive to develop understanding of various groups in our society and the world,
promoting equity and respect among people, and providing learning experiences for students to become more
familiar with people from different races, ethnic groups, and economic backgrounds. Since Putnam is a school
district with a small minority population, it is important that students be given educational opportunities to
understand and appreciate the diversity existing in other areas of the country.

At each school we have worked to reduce racial, ethnic, and economic isolation via a multicultural curriculum,
instructional activities, and special events throughout the school year. During the 2004-2005 school year, Putnam
students attended magnet schools in Willimantic and Hartford, traveled to Montreal, and volunteered for many hours
of community service. Students will continue to enrich their educational experience via distance education with
virtual online courses.

The Putnam Public Schools, the Putnam Family Resource Center, and the Putnam Recreation Department work in
partnership to reduce economic isolation by making after school, weekend and vacation activities and programs
accessible to all students regardless of their family income. Students have traveled to museums in Boston, attended
sporting events in Norwich, enjoyed amusement parks in New England and participated in activities such as
cooking, photography, and bowling at little or no cost to families.




                                              DISTRICT RESOURCES
                                                               Average Class Size             District      ERG          State
Staff Count (Full-Time Equivalent)                             Grade K    2004-2005            16.6         18.4         18.5
# of Certified Staff                                                      1999-2000            18.2         18.6         18.5
  Teachers                                     104.8           Grade 2    2004-2005            19.0         19.5         19.5
  Administrators                                 9.4                      1999-2000            17.4         19.1         19.8
  Department Chairs                              0.0           Grade 5    2004-2005            22.5         21.4         21.3
  Library/Media Staff                            3.0                      1999-2000            22.0         21.5         21.8
  Other Professionals                           10.0           Grade 7    2004-2005            20.6         21.8         20.9
  % Minority 2004-2005                           0.8                      1999-2000            25.9         22.4         21.9
  % Minority 1999-2000                           0.8           High       2004-2005            18.2         21.8         20.2
# Non-Certified Instructional                   53.0           School     1999-2000            19.2         20.7         20.0

Professional Staff Experience and Training                                     District             ERG               State
Average Number of Years Experience in Connecticut                               16.9                13.8              13.2
% with Master’s Degree or Above                                                 88.4                80.4              78.5
% Trained as Mentors, Assessors, or Cooperating Teachers                        24.0                25.4              27.7
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                                       DISTRICT RESOURCES, continued

Total Hours of                Dist        ERG         State       Resource Ratios           District      ERG            State
Instruction Per Yr.*                                              Students Per                 3.7         4.0            3.6
Elementary                     965         982          987       Academic Computer
Middle School                1,035       1,015        1,014       Students Per Teacher        12.7        14.0           13.8
High School                  1,005       1,005        1,003       Teachers Per                11.1        14.6           13.9
*State law requires at least 900 hours for gr. 1-12 and full-     Administrator
day kindergarten, and 450 hours for half-day kindergarten.




                                             STUDENT PERFORMANCE

                                         Physical Fitness                     District             ERG              State
                                         % Passing All 4 Tests                 44.3                30.3             35.2


Connecticut Mastery Test, Third Generation, % Meeting State Goal: The state goal was established with the
advice and assistance of a cross section of Connecticut educators. 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.

Connecticut Mastery Test, 3rd Generation                         District                 ERG                     State
% Meeting State Goal                                             2004-05                 2004-05                 2004-05
Grade 4     Reading                                               41.3                    43.6                    52.8
            Writing                                               39.8                    56.2                    63.3
            Mathematics                                           60.0                    49.6                    56.8
            All Three Tests                                       31.4                    33.2                    41.2
Grade 6 Reading                                                   49.4                    49.7                    60.5
            Writing                                               55.2                    51.9                    61.3
            Mathematics                                           62.1                    48.7                    60.9
            All Three Tests                                       42.5                    33.5                    45.3
Grade 8 Reading                                                   62.7                    54.6                    64.9
            Writing                                               46.1                    48.7                    60.7
            Mathematics                                           51.5                    41.9                    55.7
            All Three Tests                                       32.0                    31.6                    45.2
Participation Rate                                                99.0                    98.8                    99.0



                                                                 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.
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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, 2nd Generation                    District           ERG                 State
% Grade 10 Meeting State Goal                                      2004-05           2004-05             2004-05
  Reading Across the Disciplines                                    39.2              39.2                48.9
  Writing Across the Disciplines                                    47.0              46.0                55.2
  Mathematics                                                       33.3              35.9                47.8
  Science                                                           35.3              34.5                47.3
  All Four Tests                                                    19.6              18.4                29.2
Participation Rate                                                  98.1              96.8                96.8



                                                                    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.



SAT® I: Reasoning Test                             Class of 1999                      Class of 2004
                                                     District           District          ERG               State
% of Graduates Tested                                  66.3              66.7              68.5             74.8
Mathematics: Average Score                               494              456               484              508
Mathematics: % Scoring 600 or More                       7.3             12.0              16.9             23.3
Verbal: Average Score                                    480              485               486              508
Verbal: % Scoring 600 or More                            5.5             14.0              16.4             22.0




Dropout Rates                                                     District            ERG                 State
Cumulative Four-Year Rate for Class of 2004                        17.3               10.5                 8.8
2003-04 Annual Rate for Grades 9 through 12                         3.9                2.0                 1.8
1998-99 Annual Rate for Grades 9 through 12                         2.8                4.1                 3.3




Activities of Graduates              Class of     # in District      District %         ERG %             State %
                Pursuing Higher       2004             56              74.7              81.0               81.5
                Education             1999             59              71.1              77.9               78.3
                Employed or in        2004              4               5.3              15.4               14.1
                Military              1999              5               6.0              16.1               17.1
                Unemployed            2004              2               2.7               0.9                0.8
                                      1999              0               0.0               0.5                0.9
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                          DISTRICT REVENUES/EXPENDITURES 2003-04
Expenditures may be supported by local tax revenues, state grants, federal grants, municipal in-kind services, tuition
and other sources. ERG and state figures will not be comparable to the district if the school district does not teach
both elementary and secondary students.
Expenditures                                   Total                       Expenditures Per Pupil
All figures are unaudited.                  (in 1000s)       District       PK-12         ERG                State
                                                                           Districts
Instructional Staff and Services              $8,845          $6,490        $6,287        $6,580             $6,282
Instructional Supplies and Equipment           $243            $178           $242          $235              $242
Improvement of Instruction and                 $279            $205           $398          $341               $387
Educational Media Services
Student Support Services                      $1,901         $1,395           $616            $615           $615
Administration and Support Services           $1,613         $1,183          $1,092          $1,070         $1,101
Plant Operation and Maintenance               $1,308           $960          $1,031           $991          $1,025
Transportation                                 $558            $391           $485             $466           $487
Costs for Students Tuitioned Out                $999            N/A             N/A             N/A            N/A
Other                                           $270           $198            $122             $81           $120
Total                                        $16,017        $11,935         $10,518         $10,593        $10,479

Additional Expenditures
Land, Buildings, and Debt Service               $329           $241           $1,149         $1,021          $1,171
Adult Education                                  $81          $1,468            N/A           $753           $1,057



Revenue Sources, % from Source. Revenue sources do not include state funded Teachers' Retirement Board
contributions, vocational-technical school operations, SDE budgeted costs for salaries and leadership activities and
other state-funded school districts (e.g., Dept. of Children and Families and Dept. of Corrections).
District Expenditures             Local Revenue          State Revenue       Federal Revenue         Tuition & Other
With School Construction             36.5                    53.6                  7.7                     2.2
Without School Construction          36.3                    53.5                  7.9                     2.3


Selected Regular Education Expenditures, Amount Per Pupil and Percent Change from Prior Year. Selected
regular education expenditures exclude costs of special education and land, building, and debt service.
Expenditures by Grade                District                         ERG                           State
Level                         Per Pupil    % Change          Per Pupil   % Change          Per Pupil    % Change
Elementary and Middle
  Total                       $10,040            4.1          $8,878            5.0         $8,620            3.8
  Salaries and Benefits        $8,581            7.1          $7,489            5.1         $7,120            4.0
  Supplies                       $584            0.7           $404             3.9          $455             5.6
  Equipment                       $77          -70.9            $131           -9.0           $114           -8.8
High School
  Total                        $9,582           -1.8          $9,133            2.6         $9,316            1.3
  Salaries and Benefits        $8,019            0.3          $7,630            2.9         $7,529            1.7
  Supplies                      $545            -5.9           $462            -0.6          $524             4.0
  Equipment                       $72          -72.8           $168            -9.2          $133           -13.1
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                EQUITABLE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES AMONG DISTRICT SCHOOLS
Below is the description submitted by this district of how it allocates resources to insure equity and address needs.


The size and organization of the Putnam School District facilitates equal access to grade level resources. School
principals work together with the superintendent to discuss needs based on enrollment, curriculum initiatives, and
multi-year plans to create an equitable budget. Schools hold monthly faculty/staff meetings and parent advisory
meetings allowing input from teachers and parents. The district utilizes its local funds and grant funds to offer
programs and services that meet the needs of all students across the district. Parents and guardians have access to a
wide range of activities and services which are supported through the Putnam Public School and Putnam Family
Resource Center partnership.

           EVIDENCE OF SUSTAINED IMPROVEMENTS IN STUDENT ACCOMPLISHMENTS
Below is a summary, submitted by this school district, 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 Putnam Public Schools have high expectations for all students. Scores on the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT)
and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) have been improving over the past four years. In 2004-
2005, the percentage of students at the proficient level ranged from 67 percent to 86 percent on the state tests. Each
school and the Putnam School District have met the No Child Left Behind target for Adequate Yearly Progress
(AYP) each year. The AYP results for 2004-2005 place Putnam students well above the state benchmarks. The
district will continue to work on increasing the percent of students meeting the state goal on the CMT and CAPT
tests. The school district will continue to facilitate ongoing improvement efforts.

Professional development will focus on making sure that failure is not an option. Teams of teachers will be working
together on (1) what we want students to learn, (2) how we will know they have learned it, and (3) what we will do
if they do not learn it. The work will focus on curriculum, instructional strategies, assessment, and data analysis.
There will also be opportunities for teachers to continue to integrate instructional technology into the curriculum for
all students.


 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.putnam.k12.ct.us/
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