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Connecticut uses a comprehensive assessment system that is aligned both to federal expectations under the No Child Left Behind Act and to the state’s own curriculum frameworks for teaching and learning known as the Common Core State Standards. Students in grades 3-8 and again in high school are required to take the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT). There is also a modified assessment, the CMT/CAPT Modified Assessment System (MAS) available for students with disabilities or for students who require it as part of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP).
For students in grades 3-8 who take the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) there are a number of ways in which the test is designed to provide a snapshot of the proficiency level of students at the skills and knowledge required in a subject. Students are tested in Reading and Mathematics on a yearly basis, and in Science in 5th and 8th grade. For most students, they will take these assessments on a computer; however certain situations may require a paper-and-pencil based administration of the test.
For high school students taking Mathematics, the content standards that the curriculum calls for lays out a plan for students to acquire proficiency in Algebraic Reasoning, Patterns and Functions, Numerical and Proportional Reasoning, Geometry and Measurement, and Working with Data: Probability and Statistics. In order to understand all these areas on a practical level, the curriculum highlights the processes of problem solving, reasoning, communicating, computing and estimating as foundational to acquiring skills and knowledge in mathematics.