Some Improvements in Connecticut Test Scores

The results for the CMT and CAPT have been released, showing some gains and some setbacks.

The following is based on a press release. A story about test scores in the Naugatuck area is forthcoming. Detailed results can be found on CTReports.com.

Student performance on the Connecticut Mastery Test increased in several grades and subjects from last year, continuing a trend of incremental improvement since the CMT baseline year of 2006. The most consistent and significant increases in performance were in reading and writing; student performance in math and science increased in the early grades but declined in later grades.

The results of the 2012 Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) were mixed. While student performance increased in all content areas when compared to the CAPT baseline year of 2007, it decreased in some areas when compared to last year. Compared to 2011, performance increased slightly in writing, remained relatively constant in science and reading, and decreased in mathematics.

Different metrics for measuring Connecticut’s income-based achievement gap (using eligibility for free or reduced price meals as a proxy for poverty) paint a mixed picture of whether the gaps are narrowing.

Examining changes in the percentage of students who perform at or above the Proficient and Goal levels shows that in nearly every grade level and content area, the gaps between low- and higher-income students have narrowed since 2006, further closing in the most recent year. Vertical scale score data, which measures cohort growth over time, shows the gap narrowing modestly in some content areas, but also reveals cases in which the gap is widening. Both metrics clearly reveal that the gap in achievement between low- and higher-income students persists, with more than twice the percentage of higher-income students performing at or above the Goal level than lower-income students in many grade levels and content areas.

“We’re pleased to see that there are signs of progress in our schools. That said — while schools are moving more students into Proficient- and Goal-level performance, significant gaps in achievement continue between economically disadvantaged students and their peers,” Stefan Pryor, Connecticut Commissioner of Education said. “So there is reason for optimism regarding our system’s ability to advance, as well as cause for continuing concern. We need to work together to implement the reforms and initiatives we’ve recently launched in order to build on areas of progress and remedy the persistent problems in our schools.”

The CAPT assesses more 40,000 students on their integration and application of skills in the academic content areas of mathematics, reading across the disciplines, writing across the disciplines, and science. 

citizen August 06, 2012 at 05:58 PM
My advise to you is to just worry about how your children are performing against state/national levels. Town demographics have a lot to do with how well a school performs overall.
brutus August 06, 2012 at 06:08 PM
exactly. and I would take it a step further....just worry about how your children are performing without worrying about how they compare to some arbitrary standards, keep tabs on what they are learning, make sure they do their homework, make sure they are being challenged, and don't forget to make sure they aren't being indoctrinated by their government babysitters (I mean schools), and your kids will do great. how kids perform in school (and more importantly, how happy and successful in life they are) has WAAAAY more to do with parents' involvement than with school test scores.
HealthyMom August 06, 2012 at 07:31 PM
It all starts at home. Too many parents send their children off to school and expect all the work to be done by the teachers. This is the biggest mistake, as parents; its our job to ensure we are also teaching our kids at home. Work, life and other things do get in the way, but just a few days a week to have that one on one time with our kids is crucial. Naugy does have some work to do in the education department, but it doesn't have to mean our kids suffer. Teach your kids!
brutus August 06, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I also used to believe that naugatuck had work to do in the education department, but does it really? are the teachers in our schools not as good as in other towns? of course they are. do any of our students lack books, supplies, technology, etc.? no, they don't. in terms of resources, curriculum, and quality of education, naugatuck is on par with any other town in CT. the difference is parent involvement and demographics. it always has been and it's no different now. I have every expectation that my kids will get a great education and will do very well in school and that they would do no better in another town with better scores.
Naugybride August 06, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Oh, I'm not worried about my son. He is the top of his grade. Actually, well above his grade. I supplement what he learns at school with additional learning at home. I was just curious as to how his school did as a whole since I saw a lot of good things happening with those students and wanted to see if the results correlated to the CMTs.


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