Individual Student Reports for Smarter Balanced Assessments

Individual Student Reports for Smarter Balanced Assessments
Posted on 09/22/2015
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Last spring, Norwalk students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 took the Smarter Balanced online test in mathematics and English Language Arts/literacy. The Smarter Balanced test replaced the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) for mathematics, reading and writing.  

Individual student reports will be mailed in early October to the home addresses on record for all students who took the test. The reports will show each student’s achievement on the assessments based on the Connecticut Core Standards, which define learning expectations for what students should know and be able to at each grade level. 

More information on Smarter Balanced, including grade-specific guides for parents, are available on the State of Connecticut’s Department of Education website:  Smarter Balanced Parent Guides.

To make sure that students are college and career ready upon graduation, Smarter Balanced tests reflect a new emphasis on more challenging academic standards
. With these new tests, students will receive new scores. Results will be different, and should not be compared to previous CMT or CAPT results. In many cases -- not just in Norwalk, but across the state -- scores across will look lower on the Smarter Balanced tests than what parents may be used to seeing on old state tests. 

This does not mean that students are learning less -- just that we have set the bar higher. Since the new assessments measure higher standards, the definition of grade-level performance is also more rigorous than it was in the past. The number of students meeting these new learning expectations will rise as students have additional years of instruction aligned to the new standards.

The Smarter Balanced assessment test is only one indicator of a student’s overall performance. Specific questions about your child's results can be addressed at elementary Parent-Teacher conferences in November. For middle or high school students, concerns can be addressed to your child's guidance counselor. Please contact your school directly for an appointment.