Inside Education: Next generation accountability

The Ridgefield Board of Education (BOE) is in the process of adopting a new Mission Statement and Vision of the Graduate for the Ridgefield public school system. One of the key commitments is academic, social and emotional growth for all students. This growth is the centerpiece of our approach to ensuring that all children are cared for in our schools and prepared for life, learning and career.

Concurrently, the state of Connecticut Next Generation Accountability Index (NGAI) is a new state framework based on 12 indicators. In addition to measuring academic achievement, the new system also focuses on student growth over time, providing a more holistic, accurate picture of student performance than prior frameworks.

Connecticut requires our elementary and middle schools to use the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) test to measure growth and achievement. The SBAC is a computer-based, adaptive test. Each question has dozens of different variations that adapt in real time to the previous answers provided by the individual student taking the test. Performance results measure individualized growth for each student; however, they cannot reliably be used to compare students, schools or districts with each other.

The new NGAI accountability framework is the accountability piece that includes test scores, graduation rates, and other measures, such as chronic absenteeism, physical fitness, and arts access. These indicators are in line with the proposed BOE Mission Statement and commitments to providing experiences so that all students can pursue their interests, and academic, social and emotional growth.

Our BOE will receive regular updates on our schools’ progress using the NGAI. To find out more about the Next Generation Accountability Index, visit the FAQ provided by the Connecticut State Department of Education,