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8th Grade Connecticut Mastery Test Achievement Rates

Time Range: 2008       Resolution: School District

The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) has been used since 1985 to assess the performance of 8th students in reading, writing, and mathematics. The reading standards were based on the Degrees of Reading Power® test (DRP), which is designed to measure a student's ability to understand nonfiction English prose on a graduated scale of reading difficulty.

Rationale

The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) for grade school students measures students' proficiency in reading, writing, and math skills. It also indicates students’ potential for academic success in their future. Adolescent education has been shown to be the most highly correlated with health outcomes because it is highly involved with childhood mental and behavioral health development1. Successful students in their adolescent years are also more likely to complete high school and college, giving them more opportunities to find better jobs and earn higher incomes, which also lead to better health outcomes2.

1 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America. http://www.commissiononhealth.org/LifeExperience.aspx

2 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Commission to Build a Healthier America. http://www.commissiononhealth.org/Education.aspx

Source

The data is pulled from the Connecticut Department of Education's Connecticut Education Data and Research (CEDAR) site (http://www.csde.state.ct.us/public/cedar/index.htm).


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