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Third-Graders Improve State Test Scores in Weston

WESTON, Conn. – Weston's Connecticut Mastery Test scores continue to rank high in the state but show some decreases and low rankings when compared with similar school systems.

The lowest percent of fourth-graders scored at or above goal in writing with 78.8 percent in District Reference Group A, which is made up of seven towns: Easton, Redding, Ridgefield, New Canaan, Weston, Wilton and Westport. Weston also scored the lowest in seventh and eighth grade math, with 88.9 percent at or above goal in seventh grade and 88.6 percent in eighth.

Maia Kesselmark, who just finished fourth grade in Weston, was in the Easton Public Library on Wednesday checking out a summer reading book.

"I didn't think it was that hard," Maia said of the Connecticut Mastery Test she took this past school year. "The math was probably the hardest. ... It's not really the math we do in class. ... I wasn't really ready for it."

In Weston, third-graders increased across the board from 2010 scores, with high jumps in reading and writing. Reading increased from 75.6 percent at or above goal to 82.1 percent, and writing increased from 65.6 percent at or above goal to 79.8 percent. Most of Weston's scores stayed with 1 to 4 percentage points of last year's results.

Sophia Jacobs, who will enter fifth grade in the fall, said the CMTs "weren't that bad at all."

"Reading was the easiest. There wasn't really a hard [section]," said Sophia on Wednesday. "[Teachers] definitely prepare us for the test. They say 'just relax' and teach you all the strategies. ... When you're done with the tests, you feel like, 'Hey, that was a piece of cake.'"

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