Standardized test scores still high in New Canaan
NEW CANAAN — New Canaan students are continuing to do well in state standardized testing.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, Jill Correnty, along with New Canaan High School principal William Egan presented the scores from the Connecticut Academic Performance Test, Smarter Balanced and Connecticut SAT School Day.
Last year’s Connecticut Mastery Test was computer based and showed 89 percent of district fifth graders were performing at or above grade level. There was no other data to compare to other schools in the district reference group at the time of the presentation. However, scores from the Connecticut Academic Performance test, testing grade 10 students in science, were considerably lower, with 72 percent of students at or above expectations, as opposed to 79 percent last year.
Correnty said this wasn’t unusal due to teachers teaching to next generation science standards and the assessment being given via computer last year.
“That tends to be pattern across state and it’s also the pattern across the DRG,” she said.
However, scores in Smarter Balance went up, despite the test also being administered on the computer. New Canaan remained number one in the state and the DRG with 87.9 percent of students meeting or exceeding expectations in English Language Arts and 85.1 percent meeting or exceeding expectations in math.
“In many cases it’s a celebration of the growth that has occurred,” Correnty said. “I really think the growth has to do with the alignment of our curriculum with Conecticut Core Standards.”
At the high school, SAT scores also increased with students going up an average of six points in English Language Arts and 12 points in math, averaging a 612 in the former and a 619 in the latter. These scores earned the district third place in its DRG in both categories.
Egan said while he’d like to see scores improve, the district is also focusing on improving the overall health of high school students, most of whom are going onto competitive four-year colleges.
“I want to be number one in everything we do,” he said. “But we have to focus on student health.”
Correnty added the scores are also not the only thing reflecting the success of the district and students and teachers will continue to be evaluated in a variety of ways.
“We must continue to assess student learning through a variety of establishments,” she said.