Ledyard 10th graders’ average scores on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test improved in science and mathematics but decreased in reading and writing. The state released the results of the March CAPT on Thursday, July 19.
In every subject, however, Ledyard 10th graders performed better than the state average although not all subjects were improved over last year. The state uses the results of the March 2007 CAPT to assess statewide student performance.
In science, scores increased to 92.9 percent at or above proficiency in 2012 from 90.0 percent in 2011 and remained above the 91.0 percent baseline set in 2007. The percent of students at or above the goal increased from 55.2 to 59.0. The 2007 baseline was 55.9.
In math, the results showed 91.3 percent of 10th graders scored at or above proficiency in math in 2012 compared to 93.0 percent in 2011 and 84.6 percent in 2007. The percent of students at or above the goal in math increased from 59.6 to 61.9 in 2012. The 2007 baseline was 49.7.
In reading, student proficiency decreased to 87.7 percent from 91.1 percent at or above proficiency in 2011 and remained above the 85.2 percent baseline set in 2007. The percent of students at or above the goal decreased from 53.1 to 48.9. The 2007 baseline was 36.0.
In writing, scores decreased to 93.6 percent from 95.0 percent at or above proficiency in 2011 and remained far above the 83.5 percent baseline set in 2007. The percent of students at or above the goal increased from 70.2 to 70.3. The 2007 baseline was 49.5.
At the state level student performance increased in every subject, when compared to 2007 but decreased in some areas when compared to last year. Compared to 2011, performance increased slightly in writing, remained constant in science and reading, but decreased in mathematics.
“We’re pleased to see that there are signs of progress in our schools,” Stefan Pryor, Connecticut Commissioner of Education said 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. 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.”
To view the complete results of the CAPT visit www.ctreports.com.