NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS SHOW SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS, ACHIEVE RECORD GAINS IN CMT READING AT EVERY GRADE LEVEL
(7/29/2009) Increases Across The Board And Indicators On Where Improvement Is Needed Pave The Way For Implementation Of Comprehensive Reform Initiative
NEW HAVEN - The State Department of Education released Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) results for all districts in the state today. New Haven results show that students made unprecedented gains in reading and significant gains in mathematics while the district as a whole made substantial progress on a variety of CMT measures.
“Our increased use of data for decision making at the classroom and administrative levels is paying off,” said Dr. Reginald Mayo, New Haven Public School Superintendent. “Over the course of the past several years we’ve been gaining momentum to get us to this critical point of student achievement. We are now positioned to take on the most comprehensive school reform initiative experienced not only in any district in the State but above and beyond what most districts nationwide have undergone. We did well this year as we continue to build upon the success of data-based decision making we’ve implemented over the past few years. But, we have a long way to go and we’re ready to take all of our schools to the next level.”
New Haven’s success is due in part to an increased reliance on data-based decision making, an emphasis on training teachers and administrators to better use data to make decisions in the classroom and at levels and the implementation of tools such as SchoolNet that provide a collection of students academic data for analysis by teachers and administrators. Now that the district has SchoolNet, classroom level data can be analyzed and viewed by teacher.
“Our incremental gains in all subjects across all grade levels demonstrate the great potential in our District for significant improvement and for a level of success that will bring us to the forefront of academic excellence at a national level,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “We can’t expect to get the level we’re aiming for overnight but we’re making gains every year and with the implementation of our school reform initiatives that will kick-off this fall, we’re going to bring our students to new levels of achievement school by school.”
Districtwide, students demonstrated its most significant improvement in the area of reading where, as a whole, proficiency increased by 1.6 percent in grade 3, 6 percent in grade 4, 10.8 percent in grade 5, 4.7 percent in grade 6, 11.6 percent in grade 7 and 7.3 percent in grade 8.
“Double digit gains are rare in state testing,” said Mayo. “For our students to achieve 10.8 percent improvement in grade 5 and 11.6 percent in grade 7 is amazing and underscores the important work taking place in our classrooms every day.”
The City’s math scores have increased consistently on an annual basis with the most impressive gains this year including: 3.1 percent in grade 8, 5.5 percent improvement in grade 5 and 7.5 percent in grade 7 citywide.
Mayo said that from a longer-term perspective “4 years of CMT data from assessments given in 2006 though 2009 is a better indicator of how far the district has moved in reading since the tests were first administered in 2006. They showed that the group of students who took the test in 2009 performed considerably higher than the students who took essentially the same test in 2006.” According to Mayo, that data suggests that the early programs NHPS have in place are having strong and steady impact on each group of students who take the test.
“Hopefully, Connecticut will implement real longitudinal data where individual students are followed year to year to identify Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). This is the model of data analysis recommended by Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan,” said Mayo.
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