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Wilton Students Perform Well On State Exams

WILTON, Conn. – Wilton Public Schools students scored at or above state proficiency guidelines on state exams, according to results released by the state Department of Education on Thursday.

The scores on the 2012 Connecticut Mastery Tests and Connecticut Academic Performance Test showed some grades raising their average scores from 2011 test scores and some slipping a bit.

The CAPT exam, given to 10th graders at Wilton High School, showed slight dips in averages for math, reading and writing. The average math score was 290.9, down just over a point from last year, while the average writing score was down about two points, to 305.8. Science scores rose by nearly three points, from 296.7 in 2011 to 299.3 this year. At least 97 percent of Wilton students performed at or above proficiency on all areas of the exam, while 93 percent performed at or above goal in the writing portion.

Third-grade scores on the CMT were up in all three subjects – reading, writing and math – with the average reading score rising nearly 10 points to 286.4. Fourth-grade averages were down in all three subjects, though the deepest drop was nearly four points for reading exams. Wilton fourth-graders posted an average reading score of 281.8. At least 94.8 percent of students were at or above proficiency in all three subjects.

Fifth-grade average scores rose slightly, with the biggest jump coming in math, with the average score of 304.8, up more than four points from last year. Nearly 94 percent of math scores were at or above state goal and almost 91 percent of reading scores ranked at or above goal. Sixth-grade average scores dropped in two of the three subject areas, with the deepest drop coming in reading. The average reading score was 281.9, down almost nine points from the 2011 average.

Seventh-graders saw small reductions, with the average writing score down six points from last year to 270. At least 97 percent of students were at or above state proficiency levels. Writing and reading scores for eighth-graders rose slightly, with the average reading score at 300.4, up nearly 10 points from Wilton’s 2011 figure. Almost 99 percent of reading scores were at or above proficiency and more than 96 percent were at or above goal.

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