The results for the latest round of Connecticut Mastery Tests and Connecticut Academic Performance Tests were made available Tuesday afternoon. New Canaan proficiency in elementary and middle school students showed gains or remained static almost universally, save for seventh grade, who dropped slightly. Sophomore CAPT proficiency scores dipped by about a point on average across the board.
While seventh grade saw drops by up to four percentage points in proficiency levels year-over-year, and tenth grade students dropped by about a point, all scores remained in the mid- to high-90s.
"I will note we are very pleased to see the overall strength of our student performances grades 3-10," Said New Canaan Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Mary Kolek. "Certainly internal gains are reflective of the sustained and [intentional] work we have done in the area of curriculum, instruction and professional development."
Kolek said it was that professional development and dedication to keeping a fresh rotation of curriculum that led to the sustained high scores of New Canaan students.
"We have an infrastructure of curriculum leaders and instructional specialists who annually update our curriculum and instructional practices," she said. "We focus on continually monitoring the progress of students and adjust and differentiate based on ongoing internal assessment information. Over the next few weeks we will be studying and analyzing test information to focus on strengths and to identify areas for further study and continuous improvement."
Kolek clarified that, without the teachers, administrators, students and their families who put in the hard work and strive for excellence, the scores might tell a different tale.
"Our administrators and teachers are dedicated and work collectively as well as individually to achieve excellence," she said. "Finally our students and families clearly value and invest in education and find satisfaction and take pride in learning."