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New Canaan Public Schools Student Assessment Results Are Tops in State

New Canaan Public Schools Student Assessment Results Are Tops in State 

NCPS tops in state  

Dr. Jill Correnty, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, presented the New Canaan Public Schools (NCPS) 2019 Student Assessment Results to the Board of Education (BOE) at a BOE meeting held on October 21, 2019, in the Wagner Room of New Canaan High School.


Dr. Correnty reported that this year’s results of the Smarter Balanced Assessment, a state required test given annual to students in grades 3-8, yielded some of the best scoring results to date. The assessment is designed to test students in ELA (English Language Arts), Literacy and Mathematics. The Connecticut Alternative Assessment is available for 3-8 grade students with significant cognitive disabilities.


“These tests provide an annual snapshot of students’ achievement,” said Dr. Correnty. “However, they are to be used in conjunction with other district assessments for any educational decisions we make.”


As a district, NCPS earned the highest achievement levels in the state in both ELA and Mathematics. 89.6% of students tested met or exceeded achievement levels in ELA, and 88.3% met or exceeded achievement levels in Mathematics. These numbers also reflect a steady increase in overall assessment results – the ELA 89.6% is up from 88.3% in 2018; the Mathematics 88.3% is up from 87.8% in 2018. And both 2019 numbers represent the highest ever overall percentages.


In these and several other categories, NCPS assessment results ranked highest in its District Reference Group (DRG), consisting of the public school districts of Darien, Easton, New Canaan, Redding, Ridgefield, Weston, Westport, and Wilton.


For example, New Canaan was first in its DRG in ELA comparisons by grades 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8 for those that met or exceeded achievement level. These numbers show an increase from last year in several grades: Grade 3 - 88.4% (up from 86.2% in 2018); Grade 5 – 92.9% (up from 90.6% in 2018); Grade 6 – 89.9% (up from 88.7% in 2018); Grade 7 – 90.7% (up from 87.1% in 2018); and Grade 8 – 88.1% (up from 86.2% in 2018).


New Canaan was also first in its DRG in Math comparisons in several grades. These include Grade 3 – 90.0%; Grade 4 – 91.9%; Grade 5 – 88.8%; Grade 6 – 87.9%, and Grade 8 – 86.3%.


Dr. Correnty offered congratulations on these strong scoring results to the district’s curriculum leaders, teachers and parents. “It is truly all of their hard work that helps our students to perform so well,” she said.