NEW CANAAN, Conn. – Students in New Canaan Public Schools scored high in most areas of state tests, according to results released Thursday by the state Department of Education.
The state unveiled the 2012 Connecticut Mastery Test and Connecticut Academic Performance Test results Thursday, and New Canaan boosted its rates of proficiency in almost all sections.
For the New Canaan High School sophomores who took the CAPT, the average score rose in three of the four sections, though at least 97 percent of the scores were at or above proficiency. The average science score was 293.3, up nearly six points from 2011. The average for reading was 293.9, an increase of more than 10 points, and writing was 306.6, up more than five points. The average math score was 289.9, a dip of about two points.
Third-graders managed to improve their marks in all three sections of the CMT, registering an average score of 304.3 on the math portion, 280.7 in reading and 292.4 in writing. For fourth-graders, average math and writing scores rose compared with 2011 numbers, and reading scores slipped slightly.
The average fifth-grade reading score jumped by nearly six points, while the average math mark increased by more than three points. The reading score was nearly two points less than 2011, but more than 98 percent of writing test-takers had scores at or above proficiency and more than 88 percent were above goal.
The average sixth-grade reading score was 283.5, down more than 12 points from the 2011 figures, though the average writing score was up by more than 15 points, coming in at 297.5. The average math score was 290.5, slightly higher than the 2011 average.
Average scores for seventh-graders were down in all three areas, with the average writing score at 271 points, almost 16 points below the 2011 seventh grade class. Math and writing scores dipped slightly, with the average math score down more than three points and the reading scores five points lower. However, in all three areas, at least 98 percent of students were considered at or above proficiency and at least 90 percent were at or above state goals.
For eight-graders, the average math and reading scores were about three points higher than a year before. The average writing score was down to 288.8, almost two points higher than the 2011 average.