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Eighth-grade English language arts proficiency in Connecticut

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Definition and Source



This indicator reports the total number and percentage of tests taken by 8th grade students which met or exceeded the performance goal on the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts Assessment.

The Common Core- State Initiative test examines post-secondary readiness for a college and/or professional career. The English Language Arts and literacy assessment tests student’s knowledge in reading, writing, listening and research. Note that Smarter Balanced replaces Connecticut’s previous assessment, the Connecticut Mastery Test.

Data Source

Connecticut State Department of Education, Published Data, Academic Years 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023. 


Note: In 2019-20, all statewide academic assessments were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, no results are available. In 2020-21, school learning models changed throughout the school year and many students learned remotely for a significant part of the year. The CSDE was committed to administering the state assessments to monitor long-term trends and evaluate the full impact of the pandemic on student achievement and growth, but secured a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to not implement the Next Generation Accountability System for schools and districts. In light of these significant variations, the 2020-21 results are reported separately with specialized considerations and analyses.

The totals and percentages of students meeting or exceeding goals were summarized from State Department of Education reports. Counts of 20 or fewer
excluding zerowere suppressed by the Department, as were percentages generated from suppressed counts.

NA: Not Available
S: Data Suppressed

Last Updated

December 2023