The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) results were released in July showing and North Branford’s Director of Curriculum Sara Querfeld presented the scores to the Board of Education at the August meeting using a Powerpoint presentation, which can be found in full in the attached PDF or on the district website.
“It’s continued progress,” said Querfeld. “We went back five years so you could see each class’s progress over time.”
Querfeld noted they were “very pleased” with the progress at but after testing in the beginning of the 2011-12 school year, they “realized 3rd-grade reading needed a little work.”
After examining the beginning of the year testing, Querfeld said the Principal “ramped up his reading and writing programs so we’re pretty confident that those scores will be going up.”
Test results for the CMTs include advanced, goal, proficient, basic and below basic. Querfeld said there has been a “steady growth” in the advanced results over the past five years and she noted that since took over as the principal at TVES, she has analyzed the test results and tweaked curriculum to serve areas that were falling short.
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When the faculty realized last year’s 3rd-grade writing scores were low, they brought in Nancy Boyles, a professor at Southern Connecticut State University, through a Title 1 grant to rewrite the curriculum. While TVES is still using Storytown as the base, the new curriculum blends the Common Core initiatives.
Querfeld said that Boyles revisited the school before the 2012-13 year kicked off to make sure that the staff was ready to roll out the new curriculum.
“We used what we had and supplemented as needed to fill in the gaps,” said Querfeld.
Highlights from the 2012 CMTs for North Branford included increases in scores in all areas for grades 3 to 5; gains in students scoring in the advanced strands in grades 3 to 5 and improvement in reading and writing in grade 6.
Querfeld’s final slide pointed out the areas of focus for the future including 3rd-grade reading; 7th-grade reading, writing and math; and 8th-grade reading, writing and science.
“We’re moving in right direction,” said Querfeld. “As the students who have had the benefit of better instruction move up, the scores will go up.”