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Schools Review Test Scores

Wilton is known for how well its students do on state mandated tests . To try to ensure that this trend continues, Assistant Superintendent Arlene Gottesman and testing coordinator Lynn Driver meet each year with school Instructional Leaders to go over the test results.

"We think the information is very important for all staff to have so that they understand the skills being assessed on the standardized tests," Gottesman said in an e-mail.

Gottesman and Driver put on the presentations for the instructional leaders of Miller-Driscoll, Cider Mill and Middlebrook Schools. The meetings, which take place at the start of each school year, tell instructional leaders how Wilton students are doing on the tests.

"We provide detailed information to the instructional leaders regarding the test strands and our students' strengths and weaknesses," said Gottesman, who is responsible for curriculum and instruction.

The sessions are also meant to discuss the possibility of re-structuring the curriculum to improve consistently unsatisfactory test scores. In a previous meeting , Gottesman said that Wilton schools do not teach to the state test, but do try to make sure their curriculum is aligned with the tests.

"That's not something our parents want, that's not something our students need, nor do our teachers want it," Gottesman said of teaching to standardized tests.

Students will be taking the Connecticut Mastery Tests during March. To view the results from the 2009-2010 year, click here .

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