10 Years Later: An Updated Look at CT's District Reference Groups (DRGs)


Today, the Connecticut School Finance Project released a new analysis of Connecticut’s District Reference Groups (DRGs). The analysis is an updated look at the DRGs, which were last updated by the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) in 2006.

The DRG classification system is a grouping of local public school districts based on a set of indicators that measure the socioeconomic status of students and their families.

DRGs are useful in making comparisons among districts and can provide both district leaders and policymakers with helpful context when making resource decisions.

The DRGs are classified by letters A through I, with DRG A consisting of very affluent, low-need suburban districts and DRG I consisting of the state’s urban districts that have high socioeconomic needs.

While the updated DRGs calculated by the Connecticut School Finance Project are not official, they were calculated using the same methodology and variables used by the CSDE in 2006 to determine the current DRGs.

Find the full DRG analysis at