Putnam Middle School

Summary:

Putnam Middle School is a public middle school serving 335 students in grades 5-8 in Putnam, Connecticut, which is part of the Putnam School District. The school consistently underperforms compared to the state average on standardized tests, ranking in the bottom half of Connecticut middle schools.

Putnam Middle School's academic performance is particularly low, with only 25.9% to 29.7% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts, and just 13.8% to 29.9% proficient in mathematics, compared to state averages of around 48-51% and 36.2% to 41.8%, respectively. The school's statewide ranking has fluctuated between 133 and 203 out of 249-275 schools in recent years, maintaining a 1- or 2-star rating from SchoolDigger. Putnam Middle School's performance is especially low for its White student population, ranking in the bottom 10-15% of Connecticut middle schools for this subgroup.

Compared to nearby schools like Mansfield Middle School, Dr. Helen Baldwin Middle School, and Woodstock Middle School, Putnam Middle School lags behind in academic performance, despite having similar per-student spending and a higher student-teacher ratio. The school also serves a higher percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, with 51.34% qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, which may be a contributing factor to its underperformance.


Detail:

Public 5-8

 35 Wicker St.
       Putnam, CT  06260


(860) 963-6920

District: Putnam School District

SchoolDigger Rank:
178th of 252 Connecticut Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $17,935 Help


Students who attend Putnam Middle School usually attend:

High:    Putnam High School

Feeder schools for Putnam Middle School:

Elementary:    Putnam Elementary School

Student/teacher ratio:  13.4 Help
Number of students:  335

Racial breakdown:

White:
83.6%
Hispanic:
13.1%
African American:
1.8%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  51.3% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Putnam Middle School ranks worse than 70.6% of middle schools in Connecticut. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 19.95. (See more...)
Student Body
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Compare Details Racial makeup is: White (83.6%), Hispanic (13.1%), African American (1.8%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 51.3% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Putnam Middle School is 13.4. (See more...)
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Finance
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Putnam Middle School is $17,935.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Putnam Middle School:

SchoolDigger ranks Putnam Middle School 178th of 252 Connecticut public middle schools. (See Putnam Middle School in the ranking list.)

Middle School Test Score Ratings by Student Subgroup:


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Putnam School District:

SchoolDigger ranks Putnam School District 121st of 151 Connecticut school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Putnam Middle School

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Rank History for all students at Putnam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2006 44.84 163rd 248 34.3%
2007 47.94 157th 250 37.2%
2008 34.66 177th 252 29.8%
2009 28.55 188th 255 26.3%
2010 37.78 191st 268 28.7%
2011 41.26 184th 269 31.6%
2012 45.99 180th 272 33.8%
2013 41.43 193rd 278 30.6%
2015 31.68 193rd 280 31.1%
2016 37.63 143rd 246 41.9%
2017 43.83 134th 250 46.4%
2018 45.95 133rd 249 46.6%
2019 38.22 148th 259 42.9%
2021 21.37 203rd 275 26.2%
2022 28.29 160th 250 36.0%
2023 19.95 177th 249 28.9%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Putnam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 35.74 157th 244 35.7%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Putnam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 36.39 132nd 218 39.4%
2023 21.20 87th 109 20.2%
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Rank History for Female students at Putnam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 28.21 120th 160 25.0%
2019 22.69 131st 169 22.5%
2021 18.00 186th 235 20.9%
2022 26.70 122nd 166 26.5%
2023 16.83 128th 160 20.0%
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Rank History for Male students at Putnam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2021 19.71 179th 224 20.1%
2022 22.56 126th 169 25.4%
2023 15.21 130th 158 17.7%
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Rank History for White students at Putnam Middle School

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CT State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 18.63 139th 168 17.3%
2019 17.50 146th 166 12.0%
2021 3.03 172nd 175 1.7%
2022 6.69 142nd 151 6.0%
2023 3.15 153rd 158 3.2%
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Data source: test scores: Connecticut Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Data source: Connecticut State Department of Education

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Enrollment information for Putnam Middle School

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 403 9 2 2 3 n/a n/a 0 419
1989 413 11 2 3 4 n/a n/a 0 433
1990 394 16 3 5 7 n/a n/a 0 425
1991 405 13 5 4 5 n/a n/a 0 432
1992 389 14 5 6 2 n/a n/a 0 416
1993 406 16 4 5 3 n/a n/a 0 434
1994 319 10 3 4 3 n/a n/a 0 339
1995 325 9 3 2 5 n/a n/a 0 344
1996 325 9 3 2 5 n/a n/a 0 344
1997 326 5 0 4 5 n/a n/a 0 340
1998 325 9 0 7 3 n/a n/a 0 344
1999 329 11 1 6 2 n/a n/a 0 349
2000 311 10 4 18 2 n/a n/a 0 345
2001 320 9 4 11 0 n/a n/a 0 344
2002 309 9 2 12 1 n/a n/a 0 333
2003 309 9 2 12 1 n/a n/a 0 333
2004 288 15 4 14 2 n/a n/a 0 323
2005 263 14 1 15 0 n/a n/a 0 293
2006 241 14 2 11 0 n/a n/a 0 268
2007 259 7 1 8 2 n/a n/a 0 277
2008 268 4 2 8 2 n/a n/a 0 284
2009 248 4 3 13 2 n/a n/a 0 270
2010 229 5 3 15 2 n/a n/a 0 254
2011 229 6 0 19 2 0 19 0 275
2012 249 6 0 14 1 0 18 0 288
2013 261 2 3 12 1 0 20 0 299
2014 254 1 4 16 1 0 13 0 289
2015 249 3 4 24 1 1 13 0 295
2016 235 1 2 26 0 1 7 0 272
2017 221 5 4 25 0 2 11 0 268
2018 219 2 5 24 0 1 11 0 262
2019 232 3 5 28 0 1 9 0 278
2020 230 8 1 31 0 0 11 0 281
2021 226 3 2 29 0 0 7 0 267
2022 260 9 3 42 0 0 15 0 329
2023 280 6 4 44 0 0 1 0 335

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Putnam Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 419 31.0 13.5 n/a
1989 433 32.0 13.5 n/a
1990 425 32.5 13.0 n/a
1991 432 31.8 13.5 n/a
1992 416 33.3 12.4 22.6
1993 434 33.9 12.8 2.3
1994 339 27.4 12.4 39.5
1995 344 26.0 13.2 29.7
1996 344 26.0 13.2 29.7
1997 340 27.7 12.3 25.6
1998 344 29.1 11.8 24.7
1999 349 29.0 12.0 34.4
2000 345 28.4 12.1 35.4
2001 344 28.3 12.2 n/a
2002 333 27.9 11.9 36.9
2003 333 27.9 11.9 36.9
2004 323 25.0 12.9 39.3
2005 293 24.5 12.0 n/a
2006 268 23.5 11.4 34.3
2007 277 21.5 12.9 39.4
2008 284 25.0 11.4 44
2009 270 23.5 11.7 55.6
2010 254 22.3 11.3 51.6
2011 275 23.1 11.8 59.3
2012 288 23.9 12.0 56.6
2013 299 24.5 12.1 58.5
2014 289 25.5 11.2 58.1
2015 295 23.0 12.8 58.6
2016 272 26.0 10.4 63.6
2017 268 25.2 10.5 55.6
2018 262 26.1 10.0 56.5
2019 278 23.3 11.9 65.1
2020 281 24.3 11.5 53.7
2021 267 25.9 10.2 73.8
2022 329 24.9 13.1 47.7
2023 335 24.9 13.4 51.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Putnam Middle School

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 419 31.0 13.5 n/a
1989 433 32.0 13.5 n/a
1990 425 32.5 13.0 n/a
1991 432 31.8 13.5 n/a
1992 416 33.3 12.4 22.6
1993 434 33.9 12.8 2.3
1994 339 27.4 12.4 39.5
1995 344 26.0 13.2 29.7
1996 344 26.0 13.2 29.7
1997 340 27.7 12.3 25.6
1998 344 29.1 11.8 24.7
1999 349 29.0 12.0 34.4
2000 345 28.4 12.1 35.4
2001 344 28.3 12.2 n/a
2002 333 27.9 11.9 36.9
2003 333 27.9 11.9 36.9
2004 323 25.0 12.9 39.3
2005 293 24.5 12.0 n/a
2006 268 23.5 11.4 34.3
2007 277 21.5 12.9 39.4
2008 284 25.0 11.4 44
2009 270 23.5 11.7 55.6
2010 254 22.3 11.3 51.6
2011 275 23.1 11.8 59.3
2012 288 23.9 12.0 56.6
2013 299 24.5 12.1 58.5
2014 289 25.5 11.2 58.1
2015 295 23.0 12.8 58.6
2016 272 26.0 10.4 63.6
2017 268 25.2 10.5 55.6
2018 262 26.1 10.0 56.5
2019 278 23.3 11.9 65.1
2020 281 24.3 11.5 53.7
2021 267 25.9 10.2 73.8
2022 329 24.9 13.1 47.7
2023 335 24.9 13.4 51.3

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Putnam Middle School

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $15,868
2019 $15,129
2020 $14,823
2021 $17,935

Data source: Connecticut Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Putnam Middle School

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 148th of 259 Middle schoolsRanks 177th of 249 Middle schools
 13.9%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts (Putnam Middle School)42.935.2
 7.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Putnam School District)42.935.2
 7.7%
   6th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)55.347.9
 7.4%
6th Grade Mathematics (Putnam Middle School)18.129.9
 11.8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Putnam School District)18.129.1
 11%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)45.439.6
 5.8%
7th Grade English Language Arts (Putnam Middle School)67.126.1
 41%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Putnam School District)66.326.1
 40.2%
   7th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)56.148.8
 7.3%
7th Grade Mathematics (Putnam Middle School)39.325.7
 13.6%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Putnam School District)38.825.4
 13.4%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)46.139.9
 6.2%
8th Grade English Language Arts (Putnam Middle School)4825.9
 22.1%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Putnam School District)47.125.3
 21.8%
   8th Grade English Language Arts (Connecticut)55.848.5
 7.3%
8th Grade Mathematics (Putnam Middle School)34.713.8
 20.9%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Putnam School District)3413.4
 20.6%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Connecticut)43.536.2
 7.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students278335
 20.5%
African American36
 100%
American Indian00
Asian54
 20%
Hispanic2844
 57.1%
Pacific Islander10
 100%
White232280
 20.7%
Two or More Races91
 88.9%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients65.1%51.3%
 13.8%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Putnam Middle School

Students at Putnam Middle School are 84% White, 13% Hispanic, 2% African American, 1% Asian.

Putnam Middle School ranks 178th of 252 Connecticut middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 1 star out of 5.

Students who attend Putnam Middle School usually go on to attend Putnam High School

In the 2022-23 school year, 335 students attended Putnam Middle School.


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SchoolDigger data sources: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Census Bureau and the Connecticut Department of Education.

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