Sheff 2022 Chart Preview

Five Goals of the Sheff 2022 Settlement

by Cities Suburbs and Schools seminar students with Professor Jack Dougherty, Trinity College, last updated April 4, 2022

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Sheff Goal 1: Meet 100% of Demand of Hartford Black & Latino Applicants for Integrated Schools

Sheff Goal 2: Increase Hartford Black & Latino Student Enrollments in Diverse Schools

Background: How much did the Covid pandemic influence Sheff applications?

Sheff Goal 3: Create Socioeconomically Balanced Magnet Schools

Visual definition of socioeconomic integration: SES definition

Sheff Goal 4: Encourage Suburban Districts to Expand Their Open Choice Enrollments

Sheff Goal 5: Improve Quality Integrated Education by Reducing Disparities Inside Schools

We would prefer that the chart above not focus on Black student versus White student outcomes in magnet schools. Instead, a better measure of quality integrated education inside Sheff schools would be Hartford-resident versus non-Hartford-resident data across a wider range of student outcomes, not just test proficiency. In fact, the Data Transparency and Public Data sections of the Sheff 2020 settlement and the Sheff 2022 settlement require CSDE to share disaggregated student data by town of residence for various outcomes (test performance and growth, attendance, graduation, suspensions and expulsions, etc.). But CSDE has not yet made this type of disaggregated data publicly available.

To fulfill the terms of the 2022 settlement, CSDE should report disaggregated student data in two larger residential groups—Hartford-residents and non-Hartford-residents—to show meaningful information about educational quality inside Sheff schools, while avoiding small-cell data suppression issues that would arise when reporting individual towns of residence. Furthermore, CSDE should report this disaggregated data by residential group for all Sheff schools, not just interdistrict magnets, as shown below:

School Name Hartford-resident data Non-Hartford-resident data
Magnet School A    
Magnet School B    
Magnet School C    
Open Choice School D    
Open Choice School E    
Open Choice School F    
CT Tech School G