Standardized test scores are in for Simsbury, and results are mixed, with most 2013 scores within a few points of those of 2012. Scores still far exceed state averages.
The Connecticut Department of Education released the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) and the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) scores for all Connecticut school districts on Tuesday.On the CAPT test, which is given to 10th graders, Simsbury students stayed more or less the same across subjects from 2012 to 2013. More than 80 percent of students reached goal in math, 72 percent in science, 82 percent in reading and 87 percent in writing.
"We see continued strong and steady progress in all areas of the CAPT," said Erin W. Murray, Simsbury assistant superintendent for teaching and learning.
With the CMT scores, the district had "pockets of strength and areas for continued growth."
Upper grades were strong, especially seventh grade reading but the district will focus on getting better results in some of the younger grades.
"We'll continue to focus on early literacy and math in grades 3 and 4," she said.
The CMTs are administered to all students from grade three to grade eight. Students are tested in math, reading and writing, and in middle school, they are tested in science as well.
Students are labeled based on their performance. The labels, in descending order, are advanced, goal, proficient, basic and below basic.