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Hartford Touts “Impressive Gains”

By Melissa Flynn, Contributor

HARTFORD — Hartford Public Schools 2011 Connecticut Mastery Test and Connecticut Academic Performance Test scores show “overall improvement,” school officials said Monday.

Flanked by administrators, staff, teachers and supporters, outgoing Hartford Schools Superintendent Steven Adamowski officially unveiled the district’s test results and gave context, saying they were “transformative.”

Compared to test scores five years ago when Adamowski began, the district scores showed “marked improvement” in the 2011 test scores released by the state last Wednesday. In the 2011 report, 33 percent of the district’s third graders met the state’s proficiency goal, up from 15 percent in 2006. Only 29 percent of fourth-graders and 22 percent of fifth graders reached proficiency in reading.

Grade six students posted the highest gain with 48 percent having met goal in reading, 42 percent in math and 39 percent in writing, according to state data.

The graduation rate was unavailable, but school officials said that “so far it does look promising.”

“There have been impressive gains, said newly appointed School Superintendent Christina Kishimoto. “We have a lot of work ahead of us.”

Other major achievements were noted. For example, some of the schools with the greatest gains were Opportunity High, Culinary Arts and Engineering and Green Technology Academy.

Among the schools showing the greatest Overall School Index (OSI) are Montessori with 92.2 percent, Webster Micro Society with 85.7, University High with 83.8, Hartford Magnet Middle with 82.8.

Schools showing the greatest improvement include seventh graders at Noah Webster’s Micro Society Magnet School at 79 percent master, Kinsella Magnet School of Performing Arts at 78 percent and Breakthrough Magnet School at 71.

With all the progress and hopeful thoughts floating around, Chair of Hartford Board of Education David McDonald said: “This has been a desperate five years, but we have had growth and that is pretty incredible.”

And before everyone proceeds to enjoy the refreshments and further conversations, Mayor Pedro Segarra basks for a moment in the “good news for the city.”

“Let’s not forget where we started, cause behind these charts are children and families,’ Segarra said. “These students are the future of our state.”

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