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DOCUMENT RESUME

ED 281 886 TM 870 300

TITLE Connecticut Education Evaluation and RemedialAssistance: Grade 4 Mastery Test Results. Summary andInterpretations: 1985-86.

INSTITUTION Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford.PUB DATE [86]NOTE I30p.PUB TYPE Reports Descriptive (14I) -- Statistical Data (110)

EDRS PRICE MF01/PC06 Plus Postage.DESCRIPTORS Academic Standards; Achievement Tests; Behavioral

Objectives; *Grade 4; Language Arts; *Mastery Tests;Mathematics; Remedial Programs; School Districts;*Scores; Scoring; *State Programs; *TestConstruction; *Testing Programs; WritingEvaluation

IDENTIFIERS *Connecticut; Degrees of Reading Power

ABSTRACTThe Connecticut Mastery Test was designed to assess

specific skill levels of students by measuring performance on variouslearning objectives that students can be expected to master. Thegrade 4 Connecticut Mastery Test, given for the first time in thefall of 1985, provides information which can be used to imprveinstruction and the basic skills in mathematics and language arts.This report covers: (1) the legislative background; (2) the masterytest development process, including test construction, pilot tests,surveys and mastery test content; (3) Setting mastery standards byobjective, including remedial (grant) Standards; (4) testadministration and scoring, including testing guidelines, scoring ofthe language arts and mathematics test, scoring of the writingsample, analytic scoring, and scoring of the Degrees of Reading Power(DRP) test; (5) reporting of the school district tett results; and(6) Fall 1985 statewide mastery test results for mathematics andlanguage arts, with test results by district and participation rateresults. Supporting data and information are included in charts andappendices. (BAB)

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CONNECTICUTEDUCATION EVALUATIONAND REMEDIAL ASSISTANCE

GRADE 4MASTERY MST RESULTSSUMMARY AND INTERPRETATIONS1935-86

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STATE OF CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION2

SV.e of ConnecticutWi-L-Llam A. O'Neill, Governor

BoatO of Education

AbF4ham Glassman, Gba.irmanJame J. Szerejko Vice ChairmanA. Niter Esdaile143/-tn J. FoleyDorthy C. Gotidt4inRi-C4 L. HendeIj01:11 F. MannixJ1P-ke S. Rankin

HOtaborto Solano

No7lle Foreman GlaSg91.7 (ex officio)CoMiasioner of Higher Education

Ga7-71t1 N. TirozziC002'lesioner of Educatton

Fr011k A. Altieri

13ePuty Commissioner__ahd Operations

Loaiao m; AronsonOW3ty. commissioner

ServicesPragtam and Support

ConnecticutEducation Evaluation and Remedial Assistance

GRADE 4 MASTERY TEST RESULTS

SUMMARY AND INTERPRETATIONS: 1985-86

STATE OF CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

CONTENTS

ForewordAcknowledgements vii

LEGISLATIVE BACKGROUND

OVERVIEW OF THE MASTERY TEST DEVELOPMENT PROCESSTest Construction

Pilot TestsSurvey

Mastery Test Content

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SETTING MASTERY STANDARDS BY OBJECTIVE 5Setting Remedial (Grant) Standards 6

TEST ADMINISTRATION_AND SCORING 7Testing Guidelines: Grade Four Connecticut Mastery Test 8

Scoring of the Language Arts and Mathematics Test 8Scoring of the Writing Sample 8

Analytic Scoring 11Scoring of the Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) Test 11

SCHOOL DISTRICT TEST RESULTS REPORTING 11

FALL 1985 STATEWIDE MASTERY TEST RESULTS 12Mathematics 12

Language Arts 12Test_Results_by District 17

PartiCipatiOn Rate Results 17

Charts

Chart 1: Mathematics: Percent of StudentsAchieving Mastery for Each Objective 13

Chart 2: Language Arts: Percent of StudentsAchieving Mastery for Each Objective 14

Chart : Writing Sample: Percent of Students at Each Score Point 15Chart 4: Degrees of Reading Power: Percent of Students

at Selected Ranges of DRP Unit Scores 16

Appendices

Appendix A: Grade Four Mathematics Objectives 19Appendix B: Grade Four Language Arts Objectives 21

Appendix C: Remedial (Grant) Standard-Setting Process 23Appendix D: Marker Papers for Holistic Scoring 29

Appendix E: Analytic Rating Guide and Marker Papersfor Analytic Scoring 37

Appendix F: Sample Grade Four Mastery Test Score Reports 61Appendix G: Number of Objectives Mastered 73

Appendix H: Fall 1985 Grade 4 State by District Report: Mathematics 77Appendix I: Fall 1985 Grade 4 State by District Report: Language Arts 85

Appendix J: Type of Community Classifications 93Appendix K: Student Participation Rates 95

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FOREWORD

Oneof my highest priorities and a very central aspect of Connecticut'IsChallenge: An _Agenda forEducational Equity and Excellence is theimplementation of the statewide mastery_ cesting program in mathematics andlanguage arts; including listening, reading and writing, for grades 4, 6, and8; The testing program is designed to assess specific skill levels ofstudents by measuring performance on various learning objectives that studentsreasonably can be expected to have mastered by the end of grades 3; 5, and 7.

The results of the Connecticut Mastery Test at three grade levels will beuseful in evaluating:

individual student performance in mathematics and language arts;

the effectivenesslanguage arts; arid

instructional programs n mathematics and

the effectiveness of the remedial assistance programs in mathematicsand language arts.

The grade 4_Connecticut Mastery_ Test,_given _for the_first time in_the fall of1985, provides valuable educational information which can be used to improveinstruction and the basic skills of Connecticut's students; The test resultshave_helped local districts to reexamine curriculum and to identify studentswho have not mastered certain skills. The grade 6 and grade 8 ConnecticutMastery Tests will be given_for the first time in the fall of 1986, along withthe second administration of the grade 4 mastery test.

I encourage you to carefully review the mastery test results provided at-thestudent, classroom and district levels. The Department is prepared to assistlocal school districts in the areas of curriculum and professional development.

Gerald N. TirozziCommissioner of Education

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MASIERY TEST IMPLEMENTATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Thomas_Jokubaitis,iChair; Wolcott Public SchoolsGerry Brown-SprInger;_New Britain Public SchoolsBenjamin_Oixon;_Bluomfield Public SOools _Timothy Doyle, Regional School District No. 4Richard Dubow, Wilton, ConnectitutCharles Guinta. Walden Book Co., Inc.Cosby Marable Hamden Public SchoolsJohanna_Murphy; Hartford_Connecticut _Olive Niles _Ealt Hartford; ConnecticutPhilip Pelosi; Watertown Publit_SchoolsEdward Reidy, West Hartford Public SchoolsLouis Saloom, -Meriden Public SchoolsMark WaxenberT, East Hartford Public SchoolsLauren Weisberg-Kaufman; CI Business to Industry Assoc.

MATHEMATICS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Steve Leinwand, Chair, CT Department of EducationLinda Ball; Glastonbury Public SchoolsPat Banning, Windham Public SchoolsMitchell Chester, Suffield Public SchoolsWalter Clearwaters; Naval Underwater Sys. Ctr.Tony Ditrio; Norwalk Public_Schools _Leroy OUpee; Bridgeport Public SchoolsDavid Howell, New Haven Public SchoolsHilda Negron, Hartford Public SchoolsNary Ann Papa, West Hartford Public SchoolsJoanne Parr, Bloomfield Public Schools_Php Pelosi, Watertown_Publie-_SehoolsHelen Prescott, Ashford Public SchoolsJoyce Reilly, Meriden PUblic SchoolsJan Siegel, Ridgefield Public SchoolsDolores Vecchiarelli, Westport Public-SchoolsSylvia Webb, Middletown Public SchoolsBetsy_Carter, CT Department of Education_Marcia Kenefick; CT Department of Education

BIAS ADVISORY COPMITIEE

New London

Lillian Cruz Chair, CT Department of EducationBenjamin Dixon, Bloomfield Public_Schools _MClaudina_Fabregas Bridgeport Public SehoolSJanet_C;_Huber; Windham_Public SthoolsRita Jackson, Stamford Public SchoolsSusan McCarthy-Miller, South Windsor Public SchoolsHarriet McComb, Yale Child Study CenterRonald S. McMullen; New Haven_Public SchoolsJames ri_Plitchell; Groton Public SchoolsAngel fluniz;_Bridgeport Public SthoolsLyn Nevins, Cooperative Educational ServicesRobert Pitacco, Hartford Public SchoolsRosa Quezada, New Havc Public SchoolsNelson Quinby, Regional School District lio; 9

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

LANGUAGE ARTS ACcISORY CDOIMITTEE

Robert_Kinder; ChairCI Department of EducationRuth Allen, Western CT State Univers:tyEvelyn Burnham, Colebrook Public SchoolsSue Deffenbaugh, West Hartford Public SchoolsMartin Espinola Granby Public-SchoolsMary Fisher, Thompson Public_Schools _Narguerite_Fuller; Bridgeport Public SChoolsJohn Hennelly; Dld Saybrook_Public SchoolsJane Jaaskela; Brooklyn Public SchoolsJean Klein; Newtown Public SchoolsDltve Niles_, East Hartford; ConnecticutJacqueline-Noreen-Trumbull Public SchoolsCarol_Parmelee_, Middletown_Publie Schoolstuctlle_Ribs, Hartford Public SchoolsRonald

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