[UPDATED] East Haven CMT & CAPT Scores

East Haven Public School scores on both standardized tests remain below the state average in most individual testing areas.

UPDATE at 2:30 p.m.

CMT reports for each individual East Haven school and grade has been posted in the gallery that accompanies this article.

According to the reports, 's 2012 scores were well-above the state average in almost all testing categories — in some cases students reached 100 percent proficiency in a subject area.

, however, registered scores that were either below or well below the state average across the board.

In addition, a report highlighting 2012 CAPT scores for East Haven's "District Reference Group," or DRG, has also been posted in the gallery. The town finished either in the middle or in the lower half of most testing areas.

ORIGINAL STORY (Monday at 5:50 a.m.)

Although individual grade level results were mixed within the district, overall 's 2012 CMT and CAPT scores remain below the state average for a majority of testing categories.

The district's CMT scores had mixed results this past school year. Some grade levels showed some improvements, while others had drops in individual testing areas.

East Haven's 2012 CAPT scores were also a mix of scoring gains and losses compared to last year's results.

School administrators are expected to give a detailed analysis of the district's test scores to the Board of Education at a future meeting.

Improving Peformance

Last year, from the state when their No Child Left Behind status was officially reset after not meeting Annual Yearly Progress standards.

Momauguin Elementary School and had their status' reset from "safe harbor" to making "adequate yearly progress."

In May, however, by the federal Department for Education regarding meeting certain NCLB requirements.

Additionally, East Haven School District is also one of the state education department's , which is made up of the state's 30 lowest-performing school systems.

The Alliance program seeks to provide additional funds to each of the districts for enhancements and reforms focused on improving student performance.

Most recently, East Haven recieved a supplemental grant that will allow the district to for the new school year.

State Scores

In releasing the CMT and CAPT test scores for individual districts this year, the state Department of Education said that on average statewide CMT scores — given to students in grades 3 through 8 — improved incrementally while CAPT performance — administered to 10th-graders and required for graduation — was mixed.

"While student performance increased in all content areas when compared to the CAPT baseline year of 2007, it decreased in some areas when compared to last year," the department said in a news release. "As compared to 2011, performance increased slightly in writing, remained relatively constant in science and reading, and decreased in mathematics."

East Haven CMT test scores

Grade 3 Math % At/Above Goal Math % At/Above Proficiency Reading % At/Above Goal Reading % At/Above Proficiency Writing % At/Above Goal Writing % At/Above Proficiency 2011 34.9 62.1 35.4 54.0 33.5 64.4 2012 49.4 76.3 37.6 61.6 72.8 44.2 State 2012 66.8 85.8 59.2 74.5 62.7 83.2 Grade 4

2011 44.8 70.3 40.7 57.5 46.4 76.2 2012 45.5 71.1 45.3 67.8 47.9 73.8 State 2012 68.2 85.8 64.1 78.3 65.3 83.7 Grade 5

2011 58.7 82.2 47.9 68.9 59.1 90.0 2012 52.7 73.4 50.5 68.3 54.4 85.1 State 2012 71.8 85.7 67.7 79.7
68.1 88.5 Grade 6

2011 58.4 82.0 74.7 84.6 57.4 85.3 2012 55.1 80.2 64.9 78.2 62.9 83.6 State 2012 69.5  
87.2 74.2 84.8 67.5 84.9 Grade 7

2011 57.8 82.1 70.0 82.5 87.5 47.1 2012 55.5 79.1 69.8 79.8 65.0 84.0 State 2012 68.3 86.7 79.9 87.4 65.6 83.9 Grade 8

2011 50.2 81.6 67.9 79.0 41.9 70.6 2012 55.4 83.8 60.5 74.7 60.4 84.4 State 2012 67.4 87.1 76.8 86.2 68.4 86.2

East Haven CAPT Scores

The full results and comparisons of the scores:

Percent at/above goal, math Percent at/above proficiency, math Percent at/above goal, science Percent at/above proficiency, science Percent at/above goal, reading Percent at/above proficiency, reading Percent at/above goal, writing Percent at/above proficiency, writing 2011 30.7 74.3 27.4 76.3 26.0 80.9 55.6 91.3 2012 29.7 70.7 30.7 74.7 27.5 76.0 54.8 87.9 2012 state average 49.3 78.8 47.3 80.2 47.5 80.9 63.1 88.8

The entire CMT and CAPT scores report from the state can be found at CTReports.com.

(Editor's Note: Additional reporting regarding the district meeting NCLB standards was added at 8 a.m. on Monday.)

Flowers July 24, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Well DonnaR, Thank you for your informative posts. I still don't understand your problem with the Academy. Also I have trouble blaming all of this on a National conspiracy. Why do wealthy towns produce students that test well. Are they using different programs? Do they have better DNA? I still don't understand the East Haven problem.
Michele C. July 24, 2012 at 11:39 AM
As a graduate of EHHS, I can say the problem is both the teachers and parents. I had an english teacher my senior year who would write all the test answers on the board and talk to us like we were 5 years old. She needed to retire, she was old when my Mom graduated in '74. Not saying all these teachers who are older are bad, but some of them just don't care anymore. And a lot of parents could care less, too. It's sad!
DonnaR July 24, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Wealthy towns do not quailify or recive GRANTS. GRANTS come with requirements attached to them. By not taking GRANTS, wealthy towns can continue to TEACH as they like. Towns that take GRANTS MUST follow the rules of the GRANT As for a National trend towards lower standards of teaching read for yourself. http://www.scribd.com/doc/45514421/The-Death-of-Free-Will-by-Charlotte-Thomson-Iserbyt.
DonnaR July 24, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Flowers As to the Academey, Again I saw Equal Education throughout the town.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler July 24, 2012 at 11:57 AM
You bring up some interesting points, ASmith. Our society is guilty of raising a generation of kids you describe. But, we're not the only town that has parents who coddle their children. We're not the only town that fits into the descriptions you describe above. So, if you take away the similarities we share with families elsewhere (including towns where the test scores are HIGHER, which is almost ALL other towns), what we have left is the administration, the BOE, the faculty, the curriculum, etc... These things are unique to our town. I'm not blaming the system alone. Parents do need to take more responsibility at home. But, that's true everywhere. Friends who teach in other towns would say that many times, they feel their hands are tied due to parents insisting that their kids do no wrong and that it's the teachers job to teach...etc... This happens everywhere. We do need to raise critical thinkers. That's a societal issue. We need to do better as a society. That's not exclusive to East Haven. As far as education, it's our educational system in this town that is at fault in this case, to a great degree. If the other elements were coming into play and weighing equally, our scores would balance out with other comparable towns. Society is pretty much the same, wherever you look. Here though, our test scores are lower. Something is rotten with our system here. Your societal assessment is pretty accurate, though. I agree with most of it.
DonnaR July 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Important and revealing excerpts from Conclusions and Recommendations for the Social Studies “The Commission was also driven to this broader conception of its task by the obvious fact that American civilization, in common with Western civilization, is passin gthrough one of the great critical ages of history, is modify ingots traditional faith in economic individualism [free enterprise], and is embarking upon vast experiments in social planning and control which call for large-scale cooperation on the part of the people…” “. . . Cumulative evidence supports the conclusion that in the United States and in other countries the age of ‘laissez faire’ in economy and government is closing and that a new age of collectivism is emerging.” [1] Project MUSE - Sewanee Review , Vol. 118, No. 2, Spring 2010, The John Hopkins UniversityPress. Accessed 10/2010. <http://muse.jhu.edu/login?uri=/journals/sewanee_review/v118/118.2.richardson.html>
DonnaR July 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Human Relations in Curriculum Change [Ed. Kenneth D.Benne andBozidar Muntyan The Dryden Press, Inc., NY, 1951]describes the process of behavior modification, the process of socialization, conscientization, democratization, etc. Using group dynamics, the pressure of peer rejection or approval, to generate tension between what one believes, his prior standards, and his desire to participate in group activities. This ‘oppressed knowledge’ is given permission to be expressed, ‘liberation’ before the group, and once expressed, if approved by the group, through dialogue, producing a‘ dialogical consciousness.’ Trust in ‘oppressed knowledge’ liberates each individual from their prior cultural standards, re-educating them to the group life, group think experience, called brainwashing.”– DEAN G OTCHER Mr. Dean Gotcher is the founder and director of the Institution for Authority Research. His background is in education and European history and philosophy. His extensive research in the area of education reform has given him exceptional insight into what education reform is all about, who is responsible for the changes, when the reforms really started, and most importantly, why our system of education is being restructured.
Lou July 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM
We need to stop makeing excuses. EH public education stinks. We have some of the best schools in the country right here in CT. Maybe we should look at what is going on in Niantic, Old Saybrook, East Lyme, ect. Why are these towns constantly placing at the higher end of the spectrum?
DonnaR July 24, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Because as Small Towns they do not come under many of the Mandates. They live within their budgets, don't ask for or are qualified for GRANTS that come with more mandates that are counter educational. Realize that is itsn't an exclusive East Haven problem. We don't teach, we socialize. And no one explained the difference between GOAL and PROFICIENCY yet.
Patrick Madley July 24, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Goal is meeting a certain standard which is above proficiency. Proficiency is a goal set that means you are basically "basic" at whatever level. For example, on the CAPT, proficient might be getting a 65 out of 100. But goal may be 85 out of 100. The goal is set by the state in that case.
Flowers July 24, 2012 at 02:18 PM
DonnaR, I enjoy your informed posts however I don't have any better idea as to what's wrong with East Haven Schools then I did before you posted. Your criticism of the Academy is incomprehensible and I don't really know what you are suggesting to improve our schools.
DonnaR July 24, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I am not criticizing the Academy, I am critizing the idea that only a few students are given the educational opportunities afforded the students of the academy. Shameful that this is the norm in the educational systems.
DonnaR July 24, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Patrick, I urge you to look at the scores. It seems that proficiency runs between 70 to 90+ percent while goal is way below that. If the Goal and Proficiency targets are 100 something is wrong. Charging you with the research. :).
Lou July 24, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Donna I agree, why should an advanced child have to be penalized and lose out on a good education because of a lottery? I pay taxes just like most people in this town.
DonnaR July 24, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Flowers Teach reading, writing in English, math and US History to all students. Cause them to think through problems not just to get the right answer on a test. The system is soo bogged down with mandates little time is left for real teaching. Just ask a teacher.
DonnaR July 24, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Lou There are many parents who feel as you do. You won't hear much from them as retaliation is a real theat used. I know first hand how it works.
Patrick Madley July 24, 2012 at 03:10 PM
As I said, the standards are set by whomever. I used an example. I know NCLB made unrealistic goals. They looked great on paper but in reality, it can't happen. I believe in 2014 or somewhere close to that, students w ere supposed to achieve 100% proficiency. That is not a realistic goal- in such short a time anyway.
DonnaR July 24, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Patrick. What is NCLB My concern with the test numbers is: Also if GOAL = 64% and Proficiency = 80% and 100% is proficientn Than GOAL is equal to 1.25% of 100. And yes for the average student 125% is an unreasonable GOAL. Bottom line systems is designed to fail
Patrick Madley July 24, 2012 at 05:40 PM
NCLB is the No Child Left Behind Act which was passed and signed by President Bush in 2001. And your numbers make very little to no sense, sorry. Make it simple, 100% for every student on ANYTHING, is unrealistic. Some students are better at math than English and vice versa and some students are better at history than science and vice versa. You can't expect 100% proficiency.It is not possible. At least not at this time.
DonnaR July 24, 2012 at 07:02 PM
The numbers are from the report and not mine. And your right they make no sense. How can students be 80% proficient and 64% of goal.
Patrick Madley July 24, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Actually, that does make sense. Because proficient is a level below goal. For example, say ten students are tested and 8 are proficient. There may be 2 of those four that reach goal. Hence, it is a smaller percentage.
DonnaR July 24, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Proficient: from Merriam Webster Synonyms: ACCOMPLISHED, ACE, ADEPT, COMPLETE, COMPLETE, CONSUMMATE, CRACK, CRACKERJACK, EDUCATED, EXPERIENCED, EXPERT, GOOD, GREAT, MASTER, MASTERFUL, MASTERLY, PRACTICED (also PRACTICED), PROFESSED, SKILLED, SKILLFUL, VERSED, VETERAN, VIRTUOSO PROFICIENT, ADEPT, SKILLED, SKILLFUL, EXPERT having great knowledge and experience in a trade or profession. PROFICIENT implies a thorough competence derived from training and practice <proficient in translating foreign languages>. ADEPT implies special aptitude as well as proficiency <adept at doing long division>. SKILLED stresses mastery of technique <a skilled surgeon>. SKILLFUL implies individual dexterity in execution or performance <skillful drivers>. EXPERT implies extraordinary proficiency and often connotes knowledge as well as technical skill <expert in the evaluation of wines>. Examples of PROFICIENT 1. He has become very proficient at COMPUTER PROGRAMMING. 2. She is proficient in two foreign languages. 3. With this system, a large pool of teachers are asked to identify STUDENTS they believe are proficient in a given subject; those students are then tested, and their grades stand as the proficiency range. —Malcolm Gladwell, New Yorker, 15 Sept. 2003 Also know as grading on the curve.
Patrick Madley July 24, 2012 at 10:55 PM
I am not trying to argue with you- I'm just telling you how the system defines proficient. Proficient is basically "just enough". It's basically a level where you can pass but just barely.
Flowers July 24, 2012 at 11:04 PM
This objective testing/measurement is relatively new. I wonder how well the parents would do if they took these tests. In the past IQ type tests were administered periodically but were not intended as measures of academic achievement.
DonnaR July 24, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Flowers, The use of a Curve for test measurements is not new about 30 or so years old. and part of the problem. Patrick, As I have attempted to demonstrate, THE SYSTEM is the biggest problem. end of story.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler July 25, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Yes. The system is the biggest problem. End of story. The system in East Haven is failing, or has failed. People need to speak up and demand better. Some of us tried, and when that failed, we sought education elsewhere for our children. I have four kids. Two left that are school age. One in the East Haven system. The other probably won't attend school here for high school, unless we see some dramatic improvements. We have options. Parents, YOU have options. Look into the New Haven Magnets as options. Also, please note, "Powers that be".... You're facing a mass exodus of residents want better for their children, if YOU don't do better. Why on earth would anyone choose to pay taxes here, and live here, with what you currently offer? My family has lived in this town for generations. We've been able to work around the poor structures here. But, I'm tired of watching it happen. Do better. Now. It's your job. If you can't, step aside, so that others with more knowledge or dedication might do so. So disgusted, after years of witnessing this downward spiral.
Lou July 25, 2012 at 01:32 PM
Agreed, however as a parent I can't bank on my child "winning the lottery" to get into the acadamy or NH magnet schools. I also predict we will see a mass exodus of taxpayers who want better for their children. I know a handful of families looking now.
Patrick Madley July 25, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I am not arguing that, I agree. I am just stating facts of NCLB. No need to get testy with me.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler July 25, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Lou, just an FYI, my kids (all four of them) have had much success in the NH magnets lottery. We've always submitted our applications as soon as they are being received at the Magnet office. Each of my children (between the kids, they've attended 6 magnets through the years, as they've grown through the grade levels), got into their first choice except for once. My oldest daughter was waitlisted the year she tried for her high school of choice. I agree about the mass exodus. I'm aware of several families looking to leave town as well. It's a shame. Yet, very little is enticing folks to stay here currently.
Doreen Boudreau Hausler July 25, 2012 at 04:08 PM
By the way, I'm not suggesting that the New Haven magnets are a solution to the problems in East Haven's schools. They are just an option for proactive parents who want options, rather than sit by and watch their kids fall through the cracks. We're left with so few options here in town. That needs to be fixed.


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