State releases Greenwich’s 2014 science test scores

Greenwich students’ scores on this year’s state standardized science exams were about the same as their results last year, according to data released Wednesday by the state Department of Education.

Among fifth-graders who took the Connecticut Mastery Tests (CMT) in science, 80.5 percent reached the goal level this year, compared to 81 percent in 2013. Statewide, 60 percent of fifth-graders scored at the goal level.

About 72 percent of eighth-graders scored at the goal level on the CMT science tests, compared to 75 percent in 2013. The state average of eighth-graders reaching goal was about 63 percent this year.

Approximately 69 percent of Greenwich High School 10th-graders scored at the goal level this year on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) science exams, in line with the 70 percent of sophomores who posted goal scores last year. About 47 percent of 10th-grades around the state reached the goal level this year.

“This year’s results show continued progress at many levels,” Superintendent of Schools William McKersie said in a statement. “They also indicate, however, that we need to increase efforts to support more rigorous science curriculum and instruction in all grades, with special attention to middle schools.

“We will be looking for comprehensive ways to promote STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] education and other standards-based science instruction. We have great potential to be a model for science education.”

Only students in grades 5, 8 and 10 take state standardized science tests.

This year, for the first time, Greenwich students did not take CMTs and CAPTs in language arts and math. Instead, the district, along with public-school systems throughout the state, introduced Common Core-aligned exams in those subjects in grades 3-8 and 11. Results for the new tests are not expected to be released until early 2015.

Check later today and tomorrow’s print and e-editions of Greenwich Time for further coverage of Greenwich’s 2014 CMT and CAPT science scores

Paul Schott