Wilton Students Outperform State on Tests

WILTON, Conn. – Standardized test results show that Wilton students are consistently performing higher than the state and federal averages.

Wilton's Board of Education recently reviewed students' scores on the Connecticut Mastery Test, Connecticut Academic Performance Test and AP and SAT tests during the 2010-2011 school year. 

High school sophomores who took the CAPT test in 2011 performed well when compared to surrounding districts in both science and writing, but fell below the average in math and reading.

“That math score is something for us to take a good hard look at,” Assistant Superintendent Tim Canty said. “Reading is a concern. The three-year average in that area was somewhat consistent with the (surrounding district) average. So, we’re tracking that in a way that is of greater concern than the math score.”

On the SATs, Wilton’s 2011 graduates had an average score of 1800 on the math, reading and writing. The state average is 1500 on the test, which has a maximum score of 2400. 

On advanced placement test, for which students can earn college credit, 575 of 652 students received a score of three of higher, a school high. Students typically need at least a three out of four on these tests to get college credit. 

“We were able to increase the percentage of students taking AP courses without sacrificing quality, which we’re really proud of,” Canty said. “We have lowered the gates to AP enrollment.”

Still, the schools are worried about students being overstressed by advanced classes and tests, Canty said. 

Standardized tests aren’t the only way of assessing performance, he added. The test scores, he said, “are one aspect of how we measure success,” adding that the arts, athletics and leadership activities also important factors. 

Wilton’s third graders scored below the state average on the mastery test. Still, that performance was “what we want to see,” said Lynn Driver, the district testing coordinator.

The full testing report is on the school website, here.

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