Neighborhood Schools Post Largest Gains in Science

(Thursday, August 14, 2014) Students in Hartford’s elementary schools made significant leaps in science proficiency over the last year, according to the 2014 Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) results released today by the state Department of Education. The district’s neighborhood schools, moreover, posted the largest gains.

Among tenth graders who took the CAPT science examination, three of 18 schools that offer high school instruction posted proficiency increases in their average test scores: Culinary Arts (9.8 percentage points); Great Path Academy (8.2 percentage points) and the Law and Government Academy (7.4 percentage points).

The average tenth grade scores in the district posted an overall drop in proficiency of –7.1 percentage points. Average tenth grade proficiency scores in the state fell 3 percentage points.

Consequently, the district results covering all three grades, were mixed, reflecting the pattern throughout the state.
“The test scores in the lower grades are encouraging,” said Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez. “I look forward to additional advances in that area and to accelerating progress in the higher grades.”

The CMT science test is administered each year to fifth and eighth grade students and tenth grade students are required to take the CAPT science test.

Hartford Public Schools is currently transitioning to the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test in Math and English Language Arts. The district field-tested the SBAC examination last spring in grades 3-8 and grade 11.
In the fifth grade CMT, 23 of 30 schools increased their proficiency scores over the last year by 7.2 percentage points overall. The schools with the largest gains included: Simpson-Waverly (35.2 percentage points); Rawson Elementary (24.7 percentage points); the Museum Academy at Wish School (23.6 percentage points); burns Latino Studies Academy (21.4 percentage points) and Burr Elementary School (18.7 points).

Most of the improving schools also showed increases in the number of students scoring at or above goal level, the highest achievement range on the examination.

On the eighth grade science test, 16 of 30 schools increased their proficiency scores over last year for an overall gain of 0.6 percentage points. Statewide, eighth-grade proficiency scores increased 2 percentage points.

The largest gains in Hartford were at M.D. Fox Elementary (16.4 percentage points); M.L. King elementary (12.8 percentage points); the Asian Studies Academy (12.6 percentage points) and Rawson Elementary (11.6 percentage points).

Click here to view a 3-year Comparative Chart of CMT & CAPT Test Scores

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