HARTFORD — Hartford’s 2012 Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test increased for the fifth consecutive year, according to test results released by the State Department of Education.
Officials said 29 schools raised their Overall School Index (or OSI) above the prior year’s score. Moreover, 18 of those 29 schools raised their OSI by more than four points, the benchmark, set by the district, that determines whether a school has made truly significant progress, officials said.
The district’s OSI has increased 15.5 points, from 46.7 to 62.2.
“That’s three times the state performance growth rate, solid evidence that the Hartford Public Schools can and will close the achievement gap,” said School Superintendent Christina Kishimoto.
In other development, three more schools – Betances Early Reading Laboratory School, the Environmental Sciences Magnet School at Mary L. Hooker and the Pathways Academy of Technology and Design – moved up into the Goal Range of schools with an OSI of 70 points or more. There are now 14 schools in the Goal Range, the largest number since Hartford school reform began in the 2006-2007 school year, officials said.
Test results also showed major increases in reading in fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth grade. Eighth grade math, science and writing also increased significantly, as did seventh grade writing and fifth grade science. Tenth grade writing continued to display steady gains, as it has throughout the reform.