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Administration Presents Avon CMT Results Analysis to School Board

Here's the breakdown of Avon Public Schools' results by grade, including factors of special education, English Language Learners and students on free and reduced lunch.

Overall, Avon Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) scores continued to be among the highest in the state, according to analysis Assistant Superintendent Donna Nestler-Rusack presented to the Board of Education Tuesday.

For the CMT, third to eighth grade students are assessed in mathematics skills and problem solving, reading comprehension, and writing and editing grammar, spelling and punctuation. Since 2008, students in fifth and eighth grade have also been required to take a science test for the CMT that evaluates their understanding of life, earth, physical science, real-world application of science, posing questions and solving science problems, according to Nestler-Rusack's overview.

To view the overall scores for each grade in 2011 and 2012, click on the link provided.

Here's how each grade fared, according to Nestler-Rusack's report.

Math

Grade Notes: Percent of Students Performing At/Above Goal
Third grade Third grade's score increased by 9 percent, according to Nestler-Rusack, and were the highest they've been since 2006 at 87 percent. Fourth grade The students overall showed a 9 percent increase from their third to fourth grade year, from 78 to 87. That percentage is a slight drop from last year's fourth grade class (90) and fourth-graders in 2010 (91).
Fifth grade According to a table in Nestler-Rusack's report, 92 percent of fifth-graders scored at or above goal last spring, the same percentage for fifth grade in 2010 and a slight drop from 2011 (95). However, the class performed 2 percentage points higher than it did in fourth grade last year.
Sixth grade Sixth grade scores have been in the 90th percentile for students scoring at or above goal since 2008 and remained relatively constant last spring (95). That's only two points more than sixth-graders last year. The class maintained the same percentage of students performing at or above goal as in fifth grade in 2011. Seventh grade About 93 percent of seventh-graders scored at or above goal in math, the same as the class performed in sixth grade the year before. Seventh grade math scores only dropped by one percentage point from 2011. The grade level jumped from 86 to 95 in 2009 and has remained in the 90s ever since. Eighth grade Eighth-graders dropped two percentage points from being in the 94th percentile for 7th grade in 2011, but the grade level maintained the same percentage as 2011.

Reading

Grade Notes: Percent of Students Performing At/Above Goal Third grade Third grade scores increased by 10 percent, with 85 percent of students achieving or surpassing the goal.
Fourth grade Fourth grade scores (85) decreased by 5 percent in comparison to the previous year (90), according to Nestler-Rusack. However, the fourth grade students saw a 10-point increase over their third grade year (75). According to the table in her report, 2011 was the only year the fourth grade has had 90 percent or higher achieve or surpass goal since 2006.
Fifth grade The fifth grade class only dropped by 2 percentage points in the spring for reading, with 88 percent at or above goal. The grade level peaked in 2009 (91) and has scored in the high 80th percentile in years since.
Sixth grade Sixth grade students (94) scored five percentage points higher than they did as a class in fifth grade (89). The grade level has been in the 90th percentile for students at or above goal since 2006 and scores only dropped by two percentage points from 2011 to 2012.
Seventh grade Seventh grade students scored in the 95th percentile, one percentage point less than in sixth grade and the seventh grade class in 2011.
Eighth grade Eighth grade students maintained the percentage of students scoring at or above goal (96), one point higher than the 2011 eighth grade class, according to the table.

Writing

Grade Notes: Percent of Students Performing At/Above Goal Third grade The third grade level has not reached the 90th percentile in writing between 2006 and 2012, but scores increased by four percentage points (88) over 2011 third-graders, according to the table.
Fourth grade There was a four percentage point jump in students scoring at or above grade level in writing (88) for the spring over their third grade year (84). The fourth grade scores dropped by three percentage points from 2011 and the grade level has kept between 84 and 91 percent of students at or above goal since 2006.
Fifth grade About 92 percent of fifth-graders scored at or above grade level in writing in comparison to 91 percent their third grade year and 89 percent for the 2011 fifth-grade class. The grade level has scored in th 87th to 92nd percentile for writing between 2006 and 2012.
Sixth grade Sixth-graders (91) performed two percentage points higher than in their fifth grade year (89) and four points higher than the 2011 sixth-grade class (87).
Seventh grade Seventh-graders scored one percentage point higher (88) than the class did in sixth grade (87) and five percentage points higher than the 2011 seventh-grade class (82).
Eighth grade Eighth-grade students (93) scored 11 percentage points higher than they did in seventh grade (82) in 2011. That was an increase of one percentage point over the 2011 eighth-graders.

Science

Grade Notes: Percent of Students Performing At/Above Goal Fifth grade The overall science score was the highest it's ever been, according to Nestler-Rusack – 91.5 percent in comparison to high 80s from 2009 to 2011 and 78 in 2008.
Eighth grade The overall score was the lowest it's ever been, according to Nestler Rusack – 83.9 in 2012 in comparison to high 80s and or low 90s between 2008 and 2011.

Amount of Test Takers

Keep in mind that while the percentage of students performing at or above goal one year could be the same as in another year, the amount of students taking the tests also fluctuates from year to year. 

The table below shows how many students in each grade took the CMT.

Grade Amount of Students Who Took CMT 3 261 4 279 5 283 6 309 7 292 8 288

Special Education

Nestler-Rusack also presented the CMT results for special education students in Avon.

Grade Notes 3 Of 24 special education students, 54 percent scored at or above goal in math and 38 percent surpassed or achieved goal in reading. Forty-eight percent of the 27 students who took the writing test were at or above goal.
4 Fifty-two percent of 31 fourth-grade special education students scored at or above goal in math. Of the 29 students who took the reading test, 45 percent achieved or surpassed goal. In writing, 49 percent of 35 students were at or above goal.
5 Twenty-seven special education students took the math test in the spring for fifth grade and 41 percent were at or above goal. Thirty-two percent of the 25 who took the reading test were in that category. For the writing and science tests, 53 and 50 percent, respectively, of the 30 that took those tests surpassed or achieved goal. 6 Twenty-five sixth-grade special education students took the reading and math portions of the CMT last spring. Sixty and 56 percent, respectively, scored at or above goal. For writing, 27 took the test and 48 percent surpassed or achieved goal. 7 Of the 26 seventh-grade special education students that took the math test, 58 percent were at or above goal. Out of 24 that took the reading portion, 71 scored at that level. Forty-four percent of the 34 students that took the test were in that category.
8 Forty-eight percent of the 25 eighth-grade special education students that took the math portion of the CMT scored at or above goal. Twenty-four took the reading test, 67 percent of which scored at or above goal. Twenty-nine took the writing and science portions, 62 and 38 percent of which, respectively, scored at or above goal.

English Language Learners

Anywhere from one to nine ELL students took the math, reading, writing, and in some cases science, sections of the CMTs in each grade.

Here's how Nestler-Rusack's report said they fared in the numbers.

Grade Notes 3 Eight third-grade ELL students took the math and reading tests. Six scored at or above goal for math and two scored in that range for reading. For writing, 44 percent of the nine that took the test scored in that category. 4 Six fourth-grade ELL students took all three sections of the CMT, 67, 33 and 67 percent scoring at or above goal for math, reading and writing, respectively.  5 All three of the fifth-grade ELL students who took the math portion of the CMT scored at or above goal. One of the two that took the reading and writing sections achieved that level. Sixty-seven percent of the three that took the science test were at or above goal. 6 Four ELL sixth-graders took all three sections of the CMT. Three were at or above goal for math, one was in that category for reading and writing. 7 There was only one ELL student in the seventh grade who took the CMT. The individual met goal in math, scored at the basic level for reading and was proficient in writing. 8 Only one ELL student in eighth grade took the CMT in its entirety, including science. The student achieved an advanced score in math and met goal in reading, writing and science.

Students on Free and Reduced Lunch

Grade Notes 3 Thirteen students on free and reduced lunch in third grade took the math and reading sections of the CMT. Fifty-four percent were at or above goal. Of the 14 that took the writing portion, 71 percent scored at that level. 4 Sixteen students took math and reading. Eight achieved or surpased goal in math and 56 percent were at that level for reading. For writing, 17 took the test and 47 percent were at or above goal. 5 Sixteen students took the math and science sections of the CMT, 88 and 94 percent of which scored at or above goal for math and science, respectively. Fifteen took the reading and writing portion, 73 and 87 percent of which, respectively, scored at that level. 6 Nine took the math and reading tests, 67 percent of which were at or above goal for both. Five out of 10 who took the writing test scored in that category. 7 Thirteen took the math test and 69 percent scored at or above goal. Eighty-three percent of the 12 who took the reading test and 73 percent of the 15 that took the writing portion scored at that level. 8 Six of the 12 students who took the math portion were at or above goal. Seventy-seven percent of the 13 that took the reading test scored at that level. Of the 14 students that took writing and science, 57 and 43 percent, respectively, were in that category.

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