(WTNH) – The results of the Smarter Balanced Assessment are in. Students’ test scores have improved across the state overall. More than 97 percent of public school students in grades 3 through 8 took the exam, which tests students in math and in English.
This is the second year students have taken the test. Some schools saw major improvements. Scores are up in both English and math at Lincoln Bassett Community School in New Haven, which used to be deemed a failing school.
“It builds our confidence because if we could have this kind of growth in our second year, well what can we do in our third?” said Principal Janet Brown-Clayton.
The test is designed to use complex questions to assess students’ critical thinking skills. This is the first year Connecticut has been able to measure growth.
“What we learned is that nothing is done in isolation,” said Brown-Clayton. “It’s not an “I” show. It’s a team effort.”
Still, less than half of students across Connecticut are reaching the state’s achievement standard in math. Just over half have reached or exceeded it in English. Though the results give administrators an idea of how students are doing, they say it’s important to look at the bigger picture.
“This is one measurement and it’s one important one, but it’s by no means the only one,” said Garth Harries, Superintendent of New Haven Public Schools.
One part of that picture is that the results show there are still achievement gaps. Fewer Black and Hispanic students met the expectation than White students in both English and math. That’s something that administrators in diverse school districts like New Haven are paying attention to.
“For us improving the whole district is closing the achievement gap, it’s closing the achievement gap with the state,” said Harries.
School administrators are hoping parents will get their children’s scores in the next month or so.
Click below for a full overview of the results: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/pdf/student_assessment/smarter_balanced/smarter_balanced_2015_16_preliminary_results.pdf