CAPT Scores: Stratford Schools Below State Average

Stratford's two high schools scored below the state average in all four categories.

Stratford high school students did not perform as well as other tenth-graders in the state on the 2012 Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT).

In fact, they scored below the state average in all four categories -- math, science, reading and writing -- of the standardized test.

Compared to 2011, students improved scores in reading and writing. In science, however, scores dropped 3.4 points for an average of 250.9, nearly 10 points below the state average.

students did not improve in any category compared to last year's scores.

About 600 Stratford high school tenth-graders took the CAPT in 2012.

Full results for all schools and districts can be found here.

Math Science Reading Writing State Average '11 255.9
260.6 244.8 264.9 State Average '12 255.3 260.3 245.8 266.7 Stratford High '11 254.8 254.3 236.0 256.7 Stratford High '12 251.9 250.9 241.4 258.6 Bunnell High '11 257.2 255.2 243.0 273.4 Bunnell High '12 254.8 255.0 241.9 264.3
Charles Cornwallace July 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM
This is a well written article having to do with the lack of diversity in our world-- maybe this is the problem. Who knows? Maybe the data suggests that they have managed to destroy Bunnell HS in an attempt at making things "FAIR."
Charles Cornwallace July 24, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Olivia N Gombar July 24, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Could it be that Stratford's students entering Stratford's High Schools are below grade levels in the four basic areas of the CAPT test? Could it also call into question the claims of Stratford's students "making the grade" on CMT's in grades 4,6, and 8? To me it just does not follow that students are "making the grade" up to grade 8 in elementary schools and suddenly fall below state grade criteria in ALL tested subject areas by sophomore year in HS. Math, reading and writing ARE tested on the CMT's. Something is wrong with this picture, in my opinion.
Gabriel Kotter July 25, 2012 at 01:15 AM
The "players" will then tell you (Olivia) that you are misinformed, that you have to see how "great" all the programs are, how safe the schools are, how much the staff and students love all the "changes", how effective all the data tracking software is... "BLAH-BLAH-BLAH," say the talking heads-- those useless technocrats who use the welfare of children to create a Brave New World of sorts. Oh, but they will be wearing uniforms in the future and lock-stepping to some warped behavioral modification program that they call Make Your Day. What a great welfare state they have constructed. The "number magic" extends outside of the schools-- families are fleeing from this town. Those that can't sell are now renting their homes out. That should do just great for the crime stats, the school performances, and the housing market. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain Olivia.
E.X. Teacher July 25, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Must be time to give these unionized teachers bigger raises and better benefits and more security like better tenure - that will solve these problem. No? How come enrollment of students nationwide has dropped but the number of teachers, aides, counselors, principals, assistants have increased? Maybe we need higher paid school superintendents? > $250K+bennies If any of them worked in private industry - they would all be canned.
Dom DeCicco July 25, 2012 at 04:27 AM
If any of you would like to truly understand what is happening with our education system, both here and throughout the globe, try this website for starters. It is loaded with historical archives, mostly letters back and forth from elitist psychopaths and their pseudo-scientist conspirators. I understand that reading anything more involved than a Bazooka Joe wrapper can become a daunting task for most of us—working numerous jobs, having to catch up on Dr. Phil, and trying to pay down our electric bills before we start our budgeting with the oil companies is time consuming. Dancing With Zombies is expected to be a smash this season, so anyone seriously considering any real enlightenment into why things seem so strange these days, should plan ahead and get their reading in while they’re trying to fall asleep or something. This site will help you understand why crushing the middle-class, the traditional family, or even religion has historically meant little to the people at the top. It may also help you understand why so many people of prominence have chosen to marry within their bloodline. Have fun with it—pass it along.
Dom DeCicco July 25, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Remember, the authors herein were helpful in passing their methodologies on to the Nazi SS. The field of Eugenics went underground for a while after the horrors of the Nazi atrocities were exposed; however, their practices are very much up and running and now extend from the field of genetics to the philosophical ramblings of bioethicists – you know the ones who now determine what is ethical and what is not in life or death issues so to protect the hospitals when they choose to terminate services to those deemed unworthy or, in their words, a non-person. It’s not about calculus, philosophy, art, or even culture. It’s about conditioning the herd for subservience. It is their children who will be granted stewardship of the version of social democracy they have structured, which will be nothing less than a plutocratic wasteland for the rest. Again, as always, don’t take it from me; spend some time and read it in their words folks. Our schools fail because they are supposed to. In my opinion, to blame any particular stooge at the bottom would be misdirected. They are simply the tools being manipulated to maintain course. http://www.eugenicsarchive.org/html/eugenics/static/themes/14.html
Mark R July 25, 2012 at 02:34 PM
The teachers should start teaching better. These results are pathetic. Are these kids borderline illterate? How embarassing for Stratford.
Richard McCarthy July 25, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Well at least superintendent Cornish will have a six figure retirement income and not have to worry about this anymore. She is leaving the education system in great shape.Thank you stratford, pensions keep escalating and driving our taxes!!! Maybe we can hire another high priced superintendent.
Olivia N Gombar July 25, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Do these scores suggest that the longer students attend Stratford's public schools, the less educated they become? Seems to be the case when elementary students "make the grade" while high school students score "below state average." Should be the other way around. The longer a student attends school, the MORE educated he or she becomes, in my opinion.
George Bernard Shaw July 25, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Number magic. Instead of suspending a student, you ignore what happened and suddenly the school becomes safer-- by using number magic.


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