Manchester math scores take a dip in NECAP test
Eighth-graders scored sharply lower in writing on the most recent test while 11th graders improved considerably, according to results released Friday.
The NECAP's replacement, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test, will be required in 2015 as part of the Common Core standards. Manchester officials previously said they will consider seeking a waiver to use a different assessment test.
At the Henry J. McLaughlin Middle School, 26 percent were found to be proficient or above in writing compared to 57 percent the prior year, a 31-point decline.
"The important thing for us to do is break down and compare the same pool of students year to year and see what their growth has been over time," Livingston said.
In Manchester, Grade eight math scores dropped by eight points, while grades three and five each dropped by seven points.
Overall, Manchester students scored lower than the state as a whole in all three subject areas tested: reading, math and writing.
"Our teachers have worked hard to shore up the weaknesses in classroom writing instruction and improve the elements that needed to be stronger," Principal Christine Martin said in the school district statement.
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