School officials observed improvements in reading on the CMT for the sixth grade class and writing and science for the eighth grade class and significant drops in science, mathematics and reading for fifth-graders.
Donna Nestler-Rusack, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning, gave an overview of the results at the Board of Education meeting on Oct. 15.
She told the board that Avon students scored above state average, ranking first in District Reference Group B (DRG) in seventh and ninth grade mathematics, third and fourth grade reading, third, sixth and eighth grade writing and eighth grade science, according to the Board of Education Brief prepared by the Communications Subcommittee on the meeting.
Schools in Avon's DRG bracket include Bethany, Brookfield, Cheshire, Fairfield, Farmington, Glastonbury, Granby, Greenwich, Guilford, Madison, Monroe, New Fairfield, Orange, Simsbury, South Windsor, Trumbull, West Hartford and Regional 15.
Here are some of the highlights Nestler-Rusack pointed out by subject:
- Third, fourth and eighth grade varied between one and four percentage points up and down in 2012.
- Fifth grade scores dropped by nine percentage points from 2012 from an average of 92 to 83.
- Classes on average scored between one and four percentage points higher or lower than the students did in the grade below in 2012.
- Fifth grade dropped by seven percentage points from an average of 88 last year to 81 this year, but all other grades and all cohorts of one grade to the next only showed "minor fluctuations," Nestler-Rusack said.
- Sixth-graders on average scored six percentage points higher than they did last year in fifth grade, jumping from an average of 88 to 94.
- The eighth grade class average increased by three percentage points over when they were in seventh grade last year from 88 to 91. All other cohorts decreased slightly, she said.
- All grade levels from last year to this year varied by one or two percentage points up or down.
- The fifth grade average decreased by 11 points from 92 last year to 81 this year.
- The eighth grade average increased by four percentage points from 84 in 2012 to 88 in 2013.