New Haven School holds 'prep' rally
(1/30/2006) NEWS RELEASE
Monday, Jan. 30, 2006
Contact: Catherine Sullivan-DeCarlo, (203) 946-8450
Mayor & Superintendent rally Monday
for students to excel on CMTs
Connecticut Mastery Tests moved to March
NEW HAVEN - Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. and Superintendent of Schools Dr.
Reginald Mayo joined a spirited rally Monday, Jan. 30, 2006, 11:30 a.m.
at Wexler-Grant Community School to impart a message that kids can do
well on the Connecticut Mastery Test.
This is the first year that all students statewide are taking the
Connecticut Mastery Tests during the month of March (3/7-3/24) rather
than September. At the same time, under the requirements of the federal
No Child Left Behind legislation, school districts are required to test
third through eighth grade students, rather than just fourth, sixth and
eighth graders. In New Haven, that means that means about 8,800 students
are taking the test.
"In a national climate of increased testing and high-stakes
accountability, we need to need to give our children a message of
confidence," said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. "There is no doubt in my
mind that our students are smart and capable but those feelings don't
always translate into taking tests. Our kids need to know that the City
of New Haven -parents, elected leaders, teachers and principals - are
100% behind them."
The rally at Wexler-Grant Community School, 55 Foote St., in the Dixwell
neighborhood, included the Mayor, Superintendent, Tripper, the mascot
from the New Haven County Cutters' baseball team, and students and
parents. Principal Jeffie Frazier distributed book bags to kids and
t-shirts to parents that read "Wexler Helene Grant Moving from Good to
Great" with the district's five bold goals imprinted on the back. The
Under the New Haven Public Schools' Good to Great strategic plan,
schools have been giving students mini-assessments in content areas tied
to CMT objectives every six weeks. The school system has provided
training from the Center for Performance Assessment to help New Haven
teachers interpret the student data and adjust instructional strategies.
The school system is dedicating the month of February to "The Full Court
Press," a campaign encouraging principals and schools to help kids
sharpen their test taking and critical thinking skills, and to boost
self esteem. ###