Both the CMT and the CAPT have five student performance levels for each content area tested: BelowBasic, Basic, Proficient, Goal, and Advanced. The CMT assesses approximately 250,000 students on theirapplication of skills and knowledge in the academic content areas of mathematics, reading, and writing inGrades 3 through 8, and science in Grades 5 and 8. This year marks the seventh administration of the CMT.The March 2006 administration of the CMT serves as a baseline year for examining changes in studentperformance because it was the first year that the Fourth Generation CMT was administered. The CMT alsohas vertical scales in mathematics and reading that enable valid measures of cohort
growth in tested students’
performance from 2006 to 2012.The CAPT assesses over 40,000 students on their integration and application of skills in the academiccontent areas of mathematics, reading across the disciplines, writing across the disciplines, and science. Theresults from the March 2007 CAPT provide a baseline for examining student performance statewide over sixyears of CAPT administrations.In May, the United States
Department of Education approved Connecticut’s waiver from certain provisions
of No Child Left Behind (NCLB).
waiver introduces new metrics for measuring school andsubgroup performance that improve upon NCLB in a number of ways. First, the new accountability systemcaptures progress across all bands of performance. Under NCLB, the percentage of students who reachedProficiency was used to determine whether schools and districts were making Adequate Yearly Progress(AYP). This metric only captured progress across the Proficient threshold on the CMT and CAPT. Themetric did not capture progress made by students who are the furthest behind (performing at the Below Basiclevel and advancing to a level shy of Proficiency, within the Basic range) or students who had alreadyreached Proficiency and increased their performance to the Goal and Advanced levels.The new accountability system introduces metrics that capture the progress of students across allperformance levels. This change will better enable schools to advance the growth of all of their students.Schools are encouraged to lift students who are furthest behind up to the Proficient level, students who areProficient to the higher Goal standard of college and career readiness, and the highest performing students tothe Advanced level. Besides
counting performance across all bands, Connecticut’s new
accountabilitymetrics will also incorporate achievement in science and writing to build a more complete learning profile.Under NCLB, schools were held accountable only for student performance in math and reading.
This year’s CMT and CAPT reports, therefore,
incorporate scale score growth analysis and focus onperformance across all bands. Future reports will more thoroughly draw upon this new methodology.