Kids Count data point of the day: test scores

CAHS will release the 2012 Kids Count data book April 30th at 1 pm in an event at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford. Join us!

800px-StateLibQld_1_100348The fourth grade Connecticut Mastery Test gives a good indication of where children stand academically on their reading, writing and mathematics skills. The Kids Count data book collects this information by town, allowing us both to compare how scores have evolved over the years and how towns compare to each other. The test scores are very relevant, as they give a good indication of long term academic success, and consequently, lifetime earnings.

First, the good news: Connecticut ranks amongst the highest states on our 4th grade test scores. The bad news, however, is that not all school districts share the good grades; the achievement gap between cities and suburbs is amongst the worst of the nation.

A couple of examples help illustrate this gap. 26% of Bridgeport fourth graders met the goals of the Mastery Test. Just across the city line, in Fairfiled, 67% of students did; 85% in Darien, 92% in New Canaan. In the city of Hartford only 29% met goals, compare to 78% in West Hartford or 85% in Simsbury.

On a positive note, the gap is closing, albeit very slowly.The state needs to do much more to close the achievement gap by 2020. It will take time, but at least we are on the right path.

We will release data points from the book and analysis in the coming days. The full report includes town by town data for several indicators, and will be available for download after the event.

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