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    (7/13/2011) In a strong indication that New Haven’s School Change reforms are succeeding, the city’s elementary and middle schools scored significant gains on this year’s Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMTs) in all four test subjects and across many individual grades and subjects.

    The district effectively met its goals for the first year of School Change. Performance across all subjects and grades at goal increased 3.5 percentage points, 0.1 percentage points above the district’s target. Proficiency went up 3.2 percentage points, just 0.2 percentage points below the system’s goal.

    The CMT results for grades 3 through 8 announced today come the day after city high school students posted significant gains in overall state CAPT test scores. On CAPT across all subjects, students registered a 3.8 percentage point increase in proficiency and a 1.8 percentage point increase in achieving the higher standard of goal, narrowing the gap with the state average in both cases.

    New Haven’s improvements on both the CAPT and the CMTs significantly outpaced the statewide average gains, meaning city schools are beginning to close the achievement gap.

    Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. said, "These scores meet some new aggressive goals demonstrating School Change is working. But our ultimate goal as a community must be to provide positive choices for kids to work hard, succeed and lead productive lives."

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said, “These results are good news, showing that the district’s School Change reforms are taking hold and producing results. I just want to pay tribute to the dedicated and hard-working teachers and administrators who made this happen. You – along with parents and the community – are the reason for these significant improvements.

    “I’m especially pleased with the district’s improvement in third grade, which has long been challenging because it marks the start of students’ academic careers. Getting these students off to a strong start will help them excel and improve in future years.

    “Steady improvement of students as they move through the system is a powreful sign that School Change is taking hold and the district’s instruction is strengthening. The longer we have students, the better they do, an excellent indication of progress.

    “These results are just the beginning. We will use them as a springboard to the next level, accelerating academic improvement.”

    Contact Name: Christopher Hoffman

    Contact Email: CHRISTOPHER.HOFFMAN@new-haven.k12.ct.us

    Contact Phone: (203) 946-8450

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