The BCLSD is dedicated to supporting and challenging each Bulldog to grow personally and academically in an innovative environment. The 2020-2021 school year presented many educational challenges for our students and staff, yet we remained committed to putting the needs of our students first and worked diligently in providing in-person learning instruction and virtual learning opportunities for our students and families.
Preliminary results from the 2020-2021 state testing data indicates our students continued to excel academically despite the challenges and continual disruptions in our instructional days. Performance on the 2021 spring state assessments indicates our students once again exceeded the state average in 20 out of 20 of the tested subject areas. And when comparing the results against neighboring schools in Fairfield County, our students excelled in 16 of the 20 indicators with our students performing the highest in ten of the tested areas and second highest in six areas.
Although the preliminary results show above-average performance against state and local data, the preliminary results also indicate academic gaps that have occurred as a result of the pandemic. We are seeing lower percentages of proficiency in the areas of reading and math when comparing to cohorts of students' performance on prior state assessments. Recognizing these gaps early is valuable to our staff as we prepare for instruction for the start of the new school year. Teachers will be implementing a variety of assessment measures early in the school year to help gauge the current needs of our students and make plans for needed interventions and supports that will assist us in closing achievement gaps.
As for the 2021-2022 school year, we have several new and exciting classes and programs being added to our course offerings. New courses at the high school include Introduction to Broadcasting, Advanced Broadcasting, All Things Theatre, Songwriting: Writing, Arranging, & Producing Music, and a new Peer Mentoring elective course for juniors and seniors. At the middle school, eighth grade students will now have the opportunity to select from three new classes: Career Connections, Strength & Conditioning, and Introduction to Journalism and Communications.
In addition to new classes, we will also be introducing new science curriculums and resources K-12 that include project-based inquiry, hands-on activities, lab experiments, and blended As you can see we have a lot to look forward to as we gear up for the start of the new school year. We thank our community for their continuous support and look forward to seeing our students back in the classroom in August.
Wishing you the best this school year!
BCLSD Curriculum Director/Communications