The results from the 2013 CMT and CAPT tests were made public last week. One look at the summary data reveals students struggled to make gains. Although scores have incrementally gone up since 2007, this year the student’s performance has remained pretty much the same as last year.
The problem with that is Hartford students are still not performing as well as other students across the state. This is how the comparison is made and why we have the term “achievement gap”.
And while it is important to look at how well Hartford students are doing compared to others in the state, it is not the only measurement of achievement. It is equally important to look at individual groups of students to see if they have grown from last year to this year. The report we are working will examine this further.
In fact, this is the way many parents measure the development of their own children. Has your child improved in reading, writing, and math skills from last year. If so, how do you know? If not, what are you doing about it?
Teachers, Principals, and School Administrators are working really hard to academically prepare Hartford’s students for college and career upon graduation but much more effort and support is needed.
It will be important in the coming weeks and months to look behind the scores and really understand where students are struggling and how do we increase achievement.
Students head back to school Tuesday August 27, you have the power to decide what kind of year this will be.