Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) scores have been released by the state, and the results show many areas in need of improvement for Norwalk to catch up to CT State norms.
Students across the state generally scored higher than Norwalk students in most grades and subject areas on the CMTs, while Norwalk students were outpaced by the state averages in all CAPT subjects.
Overall, the state's 2013 CMT scores reflect lower scores compared to 2012. Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor attributed the lower scores to the ongoing implementation of and transition to Common Core State Standards curriculum.
"It is increasingly apparent that our legacy tests are out of sync with the new Common Core standards," he said.
Newly instated Norwalk Superintendent of Schools Dr. Manuel Rivera said in a press release he is "not surprised" by the performance of Norwalk's students on the CMT tests, given the city's transition to Common Core.
"It is important for parents to note the CMT tests will cease to exist at the end of the 2013-2014 school year," Rivera said. "The entire state will transition to new assessments aligned with Common Core. The results in 2015 will become a new baseline for us with which to track our progress as a school district."
Compared to the state, a higher rate of Norwalk 3rd graders reached "goal" and "proficient" level scores in math. But the state outpaced 3rd graders in reading and writing.
Norwalk's 4th graders stood out. When compared to the state, a higher percentage of Norwalk students reached goal and proficient scores in math and writing. Norwalk fell short of state standards in reading.
In most subjects, Norwalk's 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade scores fell below state standards. However, when compared to the overall state, a higher rate of Norwalk's 7th graders reached proficient level in math; and a higher rate reached goal and proficient levels in reading.
The largest gap between Norwalk's goal results and state goal results was in grade 6 -- in all subjects.
Norwalk also made gains on the CMTs when compared to 2012's scores. A higher percentage of students in grades 4 and 8 reached goal in math. Grades 4, 7 and 8 performed better than a year ago in reading. There was also an increase in the percentage of students reaching goal level in grades 4, 5, 7 and 8.
While the CMTs provided Norwalk with more of a mixed bag, CAPT scores were less encouraging. Across the board, Norwalk's 10th graders fell short of state standards in math, science, reading and writing.
Between Norwalk and the state, the largest gap existed in the percentage of students reaching goal in science -- Norwalk was 13.5 percent behind the state. The smallest gap came in the percentage of students reaching proficient level in writing -- Norwalk was just 2.6 percent behind state standards.
Not only did Norwalk students lag behind state scores -- in two areas, Norwalk lost ground to the state compared to 2012.
While the percent of students reaching math goal scores increased 9.9 percent, the state still gained 3.3 percentage points on Norwalk.
The percent of students reaching science goal increased 3.1 percentage points, but again, Norwalk lost 1.7 points to the state.
Reading and writing gaps between Norwalk and the state remained about the same as they were in 2012.
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