Chronic Absenteeism (CA) means a student has been absent from school – either excused or unexcused – 10 percent or more of the days she or he has been enrolled. The district generates official Chronic Absenteeism reports four times a year. This means, for example, that a student who is enrolled for all 182 days and is absent 19 times or more (even if all are considered ‘excused’ absences) is on the year-end CA list. Also note that a student is considered absent unless he or she is present for at least one half of the school day.
The PSAT 8/9 is designed especially for students in grades 8 and 9. It establishes a baseline measurement of a student’s college and career readiness in math, reading and writing as they enter high school.
The PSAT 10 is designed for students in grades 10 and 11. It allows a student to see how they are progressing in the key areas of math, reading and writing as they continue in high school and prepare for post-secondary colleges and careers.
In 2015, the state of CT sought federal approval to replace the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Grade 11 with the SAT. The new SAT focuses on the classroom skills and knowledge that colleges want most. It covers only the vocabulary and math that are widely used in college, career, and life. The SAT is widely used by Colleges to help determine admission eligibility and is therefore seen as an important assessment for all students to take prior to leaving high school.
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) released preliminary results of the 2015-16 Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) Science for grades 5 and 8 and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) Science for grade 10 on September 6, 2016. Compared with last year, students in grades 5, 8 and 10 showed increases on the science exams. Statewide, 59.6 percent of fifth-graders, 60.2 percent of eighth-graders, and 47.3 percent of high school sophomores performed at the Goal level or higher. In Manchester, 45.2% of fifth grade students were at Goal or above, followed by 43.3% of eighth graders and 26.7% of high school sophomores.