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Ridgefield Students Post Mixed Results On CMTs, CAPTs

Ridgefield students had a mix of gains and losses on the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test this year.
Ridgefield students had a mix of gains and losses on the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test this year. Photo Credit: File Photo

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- The results were mixed for Ridgefield students this year on the standardized Connecticut Mastery Test, but they bucked the statewide trend of mostly lower scores, according to data released Tuesday.

Scores dipped statewide in 2013 on the Connecticut Mastery Tests, taken statewide by students in grades 3 to 8, according to the data from the state Department of Education.

“Student performance data on the CMT show decreases in all grades and content areas as compared to last year,” a news release said.

In Ridgefield, third-graders saw a small increase in reaching goal, rising from 79.9 percent last year to 81.2 percent this year. But math scores at goal dipped from 92.5 percent to 89.4 percent and writing dropped from 83.0 percent to 80.8 percent.

Fourth-graders saw small declines in math and reading but a small gain in writing. Fifth-graders also saw a small drop in math, reading and science and held steady in writing.

Among middle schoolers, scores dropped for sixth-graders, in math from 92.2 percent in 2012 to 90.8 percent in 2013, in reading from 91.0 percent to 88.4 percent and in writing from 90.0 percent to 88.3 percent.

For seventh-graders, scores rose slightly for reading and writing but dropped a bit for math. Eighth-graders saw declines in all categories -- math, reading, science and writing.

The CMTs were taken in March by all public school students statewide in grades 3 to 8. Statewide, 2013 CMT results declined in the percentage of students scoring at goal in all areas tested -- reading, writing, math and science.

The CMTs were taken in March by all public school students statewide in grades three to eight. The state Department of Education blamed the transition to Common Core standards in many districts is a reason for the drop in scores statewide.

On the Connecticut Academic Performance Test, taken by 10th-graders, scores statewide showed increases at the goal level in each area tested except writing.

In Ridgefield on the CAPTs, students posted gains in reading, going from 81.0 percent at goal in 2012 to 81.6 percent at goal in 2013. Math scores at goal dropped from 83.7 percent last year to 84.7 percent this year. Science dipped from 80.0 percent to 70.4 percent. Writing slid from 93.9 percent to 90.4 percent.

To see the statewide data, visit this website .

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