Connecticut students demonstrated significant year-to-year growth in English language arts and math on the Smarter Balanced exam, according to the results from a new matched student growth model released by the State Department of Education on Dec., 15. This is the first year Connecticut has been able to measure student growth on Smarter Balanced, an important indicator for determining whether the state is making good on its promise to kids of preparing them for success.
Across the state, Connecticut students on average achieved 63.8% of their growth targets in English language arts and 65.0% of their growth targets in math. Today’s news about student growth, coupled with gains in reading and math achievement announced in August, provide clear evidence that Connecticut is moving in the right direction toward the goal of providing access to high-quality educational opportunities for all students.
Two years ago, Connecticut transitioned to new Connecticut Core-aligned exams that presented a higher bar for students — with significantly tougher questions intended to test critical thinking ability and real-world skills. The change was part of a broader transition that involved aligning curriculum, standards, and exams to higher-level thinking required for college and career success. The Smarter Balanced exam is administered to all public school students in grades 3-8. Students in 11th grade take the SAT as their Connecticut Core-aligned state exam, a change Governor Malloy announced last summer.
Smarter Balanced student growth results can be accessed at www.edsight.ct.gov.
Abbe Smith (Abbe.Smith@ct.gov)