Student assessments over the last three years have been relatively flat throughout our district with a slight positive trend in reading and mathematics. Writing scores have shown a strong positive growth across the district. Student scores in reading and mathematics subtests have grown slowly in targeted areas. We are addressing identified needs in several ways.
District and individual school improvement plans address Connecticut Mastery Test objectives by targeting assessed areas of weakness. Grade level results are analyzed by each school and target goals are established for student improvement. The district in-house testing program establishes student achievement targets for winter and spring mastery in reading comprehension and writing. Our achievement targets align with the Connecticut State Department of Education mastery levels for the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) and writing prompt assessment.
We have also revised our K-3 Literacy Plan to institute consistent instructional methodology district-wide. The district K-8 mathematics curriculum has been revised and aligned with the Connecticut framework. Target goals are established for student improvement based on CMT analysis by grade level.