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10th Grade Connecticut Mastery Test Achievement Rates

Time Range: 2008       Resolution: School District

The Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) has been used since 2005 to assess the performance of 10th 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 Master Test (CMT) assesses proficiency in reading, writing, and math skills. Results from this test provide insight on how well students are learning and absorbing information while in school. They can also be used to measure students’ potential to succeed in school, continue to college, and find a steady job and income. Education has shown a strong correlation to health outcomes. Studies have shown that college graduates live longer than individuals who do not go to college, and high school dropouts are more than four times as likely to be in poorer health. More education enables individuals to make better decisions and control and navigate through our environment to improve our overall well-being1. Education is also strongly tied to jobs and income, which is also linked to health outcomes2.

1 California Newsreel, Nationality Minority Consortia, Joint Center Health Policy Institute. Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? http://www.unnaturalcauses.org/resources.php?topic_id=3

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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