New Britain, Connecticut
The GLR Campaign recognizes New Britain, Connecticut, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school readiness, summer learning and overall grade-level reading for children from low-income families.
From 2013 to 2016, the percentage of kindergarten students scoring in Performance Band 1 on the NWEA Reading Assessment increased from 30.4% to 41.8%. The percentage of third-grade students participating in the Summer Enrichment Experience (SEE) that did not experience summer reading skill loss improved from 36.3% in summer 2014 to 60.7% in summer 2016. Similarly, New Britain saw an increase from 35.7% in spring 2014 to 45.7% in spring 2016 in the percentage of second-grade students achieving reading proficiency based on the NWEA MAP Assessment.
The GLR Campaign also recognizes New Britain for its efforts to scale and sustain its results. The SEE uses a well-integrated, community-wide approach to consistent summer programming, combining traditional summer-school classroom learning in the morning with enrichment activities aligned with the classroom curriculums in the afternoon. SEE was recognized as a 2016 New York Life Foundation Excellence in Summer Learning awardee by the National Summer Learning Association for its work to improve the lives of youth by using community data to develop and implement strategies, align efforts and evaluate the progress of community engagement.