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Journal Inquirer: Watchdog group says it’s time to update DRGs

Kym Soper, Journal Inquirer

July 04, 2016 - less than 1 minute

A state watchdog group says it’s time to update the 10-year-old District Reference Groups, or DRGs, created by the state Education Department and used by local boards of education as a benchmark for standardized test results.

The classification system groups public school systems together, based on similar socioeconomic status of student populations.

Last updated in 2006, school systems are assigned a letter rating, with A consisting of very affluent, suburban systems, down through I, which includes the state’s urban and high poverty systems.

The Connecticut School Finance Project used the same cluster analysis methodology and variables that the state Education Department used to determine a system’s placement in 2006.

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