NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- Each year in the summer, the Connecticut State Department of Education releases the results of the CMT's, the Connecticut Mastery Test.
Those tests measure the progress of students and determine if schools are meeting the standards set by the state.
The results are mixed for the standardized test results.
Overall, New Haven high schools were just slightly ahead of statewide CAPT scores. The CMT's declined for grades three to eight, reflecting a similar trend in the state.
Garth Harries is the new superintendent.
"Just as we ask our students when they take a test, it's important for them to go back and understand what didn't go well and learn from that, that's exactly what we've got to do and will do as a district," said Harries.
High School of the Community, which did not automatically promote 9th graders at the end of the last school year, improved its numbers.
"That mentality with students, that you need to actually master the material before you get promoted, I think what we're seeing here is some of the benefits with 10th graders who did have some level of mastering based curriculum this year," said Harries.
Superintendent Harries says the dip in CMT's was expected in part due to the shift of teaching students the higher learning standard of the Common Core, 'not' on taking the CMT's.
"The common core is designed to be for students to have fewer things they need to learn, to learn them more deeply at a greater level of rigor," said Harries.
That's especially notable in the drop of test scores among third graders.
The superintendent says testing for common core will likely be the test of choice this coming school year.
The superintendent also underscored the role a parent plays in a student's success. This year for the first time, New Haven parents can go online to monitor their students progress on a regular basis.
Turnaround school Roberto Clemente was among those with higher CMT results compared to last year.
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