Math Increases for District Grade 3-8

Math Increases for District Grade 3-8 Students on Smarter Balanced Assessment
Posted on 09/12/2019
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Bloomfield Public Schools’ grade 3-8 students demonstrated a three-percentage-point increase in Math on the recently released 2019 state Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Additionally, Bloomfield’s grade 6 students showed a 20-percentage-point increase in English Language Arts.

These are the district’s highlights from the assessment, which tests grades 3-8 in English and Math.

 “Where we have seen progress, it has been significant,” said Superintendent of Schools James Thompson. “However, there will be a greater focus in making student performance more consistent throughout the district.”

Overall, Bloomfield’s scores are consistent with Connecticut’s results on the Smarter Balanced Assessment.  Outside of the English Language Art increases in grade 6 and the grade 3-8 increase in Math, Bloomfield held steady in Language Arts and saw a significant increase in Math.

Thompson said three strategies to improve student performance will be expanded and intensified this year:

  • The district’s collaborative data team process will be more focused on monitoring instructional methods that guide instruction and identify those students who are not progressing academically – and those who are excelling.
  • An academic review practice with increased attention on the progress of individual students will be expanded from grades 2-7 to grade 8.
  • Additional strategic collaboration between school leaders and cabinet personnel.

“We have extensive experience among our leadership ranks,” Thompson said. “We plan to better leverage their expertise to improve student instruction.”


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