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Bridgeport School Test Scores Show Improvement

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim praises the improvement in school test results.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim praises the improvement in school test results. Photo Credit: Contributed photo

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Mayor Joe Ganim and Bridgeport Schools Superintendent Fran Rabinowitz have released National AIMSweb test results for Bridgeport public school students that show significant improvement over scores from one year ago.

The AIMSweb online exam evaluates student capabilities in the areas of early literacy and numeracy measures, oral reading comprehension, math computation, and math concepts and applications.

Specifically, the number of Bridgeport students who scored above the 75th percentile in math concepts and applications increased about 11 percent in comparison to 2015 numbers, and the number of Bridgeport students scoring at or above the 75th percentile in oral reading comprehension increased by about 8 percent. The number of students scoring below the 25th percentile in mathematics and reading comprehension also decreased from 2015 to 2016. This year, less than 50 percent of all students scored below the 25th percentile in both subjects. In 2015, almost all grades saw at least 50 percent of students in math computation score below the 25th percentile. The 2016 scores for the MAZE reading oral comprehension test also showed a 24 percent decrease in the number of students scoring below the 25th percentile.

“These numbers represent very positive improvement in the academic achievements of Bridgeport’s 21,000 public school students,” said Ganim. “We are a school district that faces serious challenges, and there is always room for improvement. But these results are the product of the hard work of our students, our teachers, and our parents who reinforce the scholastic curriculum at home.”

Rabinowitz said, “I am so proud of the growth demonstrated by our students in the last year. They are constantly improving, and these test results serve as a testament to the hard work of our students and our dedicated faculty and staff.”

AIMSweb is a web-based standardized assessment, data management and reporting system that compares data against a national sample of more than one million students. The sample population contains a broad cross section of the American school-aged population, representing a diverse array of gender, ethnicity and socio-economic backgrounds.

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