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Westport's 4th, 8th Grade Test Scores Soar

WESTPORT, Conn. – The town's fourth- and eighth-grade students earned higher scores across the board on the Connecticut Mastery Test this past year, figures released Wednesday by the state Department of Education showed.

Across the state, students in third through eighth grade take the test each March. The exam covers math, reading and writing for all students, as well as science for fifth- and eighth-graders. Students are grouped into five achievement levels:  below basic, basic, proficient, goal and advanced. The federal government uses this test to measure yearly progress under the No Child Left Behind law.

The percentage of students in fourth-grade who reached, or surpassed the goal increased in every test category over last year. The same is true of students in eighth grade.

However, the percentage of students who reached or surpassed goal on the math, reading and writing tests went down in grades 5 through 7. Regardless, more than 76 percent of students in every grade reached or exceeded goal on every test, far exceeding the state’s averages.

Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon said he had not yet reviewed the district’s test results as of Wednesday afternoon. He said he wouldn't be able to comment on the scores until a full analysis has been completed. This report is usually ready for the first Board of Education meeting in October, he said.

Full test results, by grade, can be viewed online .

Percent of students who scored at or above goal for grade 3:

Westport         State

Math 2010:                  85.3                 62.6

Math 2011:                  83.8                 63.3

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Reading 2010:             76.3                 57.1

Reading 2011:             77.8                 58.4

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Writing 2010:              76.3                 58.3

Writing 2011:              76.7                 61.1

Percent of students who scored at or above goal for grade 4:

Westport         State

Math 2010:                  90.3                 67.2

Math 2011:                  91.3                 67.3

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Reading 2010:             81.4                 60

Reading 2011:             85                    62.5

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Writing 2010:              83.3                 63.6

Writing 2011:              89                    65.5

Percent of students who scored at or above goal for grade 5:

Westport         State

Math 2010:                  94.9                 72.6

Math 2011:                  91.6                 72.7

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Reading 2010:             90.2                 61.8

Reading 2011:             84.1                 61.4

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Writing 2010:              86.1                 68.2

Writing 2011:              83.1                 66.8

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Science 2010:              83.7                 59.7

Science 2011:              84.9                 60.2

Percent of students who scored at or above goal for grade 6:

Westport         State

Math 2010:                  92.7                 71

Math 2011:                  91.5                 71.6

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Reading 2010:             94                    74.9

Reading 2011:             93.9                 76

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Writing 2010:              90.2                 65.9

Writing 2011:              85.7                 65.3

Percent of students who scored at or above goal for grade 7:

Westport         State

Math 2010:                  96.4                 68.8

Math 2011:                  93.3                 68.7

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Reading 2010:             96.8                 77.5

Reading 2011:             94.3                 77.8

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Writing 2010:              90.9                 61.3

Writing 2011:              87.2                 58.9

Percent of students who scored at or above goal for grade 8:

Westport         State

Math 2010:                  93.2                 67.5

Math 2011:                  95                    66.8

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Reading 2010:             91.4                 73.4

Reading 2011:             94.3                 74.7

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Writing 2010:              88.7                 62.7

Writing 2011:              95.4                 64.8

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Science 2010:              90.3                 63.1

Science 2011:              92.7                 63.3

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