Curious how Connecticut students’ test results compare to those of students in other states?
It’s finally possible to see that thanks to the adaptive online exams students took last year.
So far, 10 of the 17 states whose students took the Smarter Balanced Assessments have released their results, but officials from those states have voted against creating a database for such comparisons.
“Some states didn’t want that head-to-head comparison,” Connecticut Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell told reporters the day she released the state’s test results. “We are not as worried about that comparison.”
So though most states opted not to create a central place to compare scores, TrendCT decided make one anyway to see how Connecticut compares.
And overall, Connecticut fares well.
The state came in third in both English language arts and math statewide scores.
Washington had the highest percentage of students meeting or exceeding achievement levels, however only half of 11th graders took the Smarter Balanced tests.
Some scores were preliminary, like those from Oregon, Washington and Idaho. And several states did not provide level-specific student performance figures for each grade — only the percent that met or exceeded achievement goals.
Drawing conclusions from these comparisons should be done carefully without a more complete dataset. The student population in each state differs, as well as the percent of low-income students or English learners.
Only five states had disaggregated data available: Missouri, Vermont, West Virginia, California and Connecticut. We’ll analyze the different subgroups as more information becomes available.
We will update the data once more states release their test scores.
Scroll down below to see how Connecticut or each state did in each test by grade.