Results of the 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium test, known as the SBAC, have been released for Connecticut, and they are a mixed bag for the Wilton School District. These tests are based on the common core state standards and the results were announced Friday, Aug. 28.The tests are scored on four levels:Level 1: Does not meet the achievement level;Level 2: Approaching the achievement level;Level 3: Meets the achievement level;Level 4: Exceeds the achievement level.The tests were given to students in third through eighth grade and 11th grade in English language arts\/literacy (ELA) and mathematics.As a whole, Wilton students performed as follows:ELA\/Literacy9.6% at Level 116.8% at Level 241.7% at Level 331.9% at Level 4Mathematics13.6% at Level 129.2% at Level 231.3% at Level 326.0% at Level 4This translates into 73.6% of students taking the test meeting or exceeding the achievement level in ELA\/Literacy and 57.3% meeting or exceeding the achievement level in mathematics. More precise scoring is expected to be released in late January.By grade level, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding the achievement level was as follows:ELA\/LiteracyGrade 3 \u2014 76.1%Grade 4 \u2014 66.4%Grade 5 \u2014 76.1%Grade 6 \u2014 73.2%Grade 7 \u2014 80.8%Grade 8 \u2014 86.6%Grade 11 \u2014 55.8%MathematicsGrade 3 \u2014 66.5%Grade 4 \u2014 57.3%Grade 5 \u2014 46.6%Grade 6 \u2014 48.3%Grade 7 \u2014 65.3%Grade 8 \u201455.4%Grade 11 \u2014 61.9%Statewide, 55.4% of students met or exceeded the achievement level in ELA\/Literacy and 39.1% of students met or exceeded the achievement level in mathematics.These scores were as state officials expected, a press release from the state Department of Education (DOE) said. \u201cThe scores were expected to look dramatically lower than previous test scores because of the alignment of the curricula, standards, and exams to higher-level thinking requisite for college and career success,\u201d it said. Information from the DOE said \u201cthe new exams test different content and skills than the state\u2019s old exams tested [thus] the scores cannot be compared.In 2015, the SBACs replaced the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) in both ELA and math for students in grades 3-8 and 10. Students still take the CMT Science in fifth and eighth grades, and the CAPT Science in 10th grade.The SBAC tests have been a source of controversy across the country, with many students opting out of taking them this year. In a statement issued Aug. 28, Sen. Toni Boucher (R-26) said, \u201cI continue to hear from teachers, parents and students about the significantly more than usual anxiety students are experiencing, the volume of testing and concerns about the loss of instruction time in our classrooms.\u201dWhile she agreed it is important to measure a student\u2019s academic growth, she thought the transition to the new tests could have been smoother.\u201cThere is now a committee comprised of educators that is looking into many aspects of the test that has yet to report its findings,\u201d she said. \u201c The Education Committee is certain to review their recommendations and seriously consider any changes that are suggested.\u00a0 We must work together and reclaim Connecticut\u2019s reputation for top-of-the-nation educational excellence.\u201dState Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) said in a statement, \u201cno effort should be spared to ensure that everyone understands the SBAC\u2019s intended goals and has a framework for interpreting the scores. This is especially critical now, at the start of a new school year. While teachers should ideally be able to use the results constructively, it\u2019s also important that no student or teacher should be held back in their work or enthusiasm by worries or concerns these results might cause.\u201dData may be viewed at http:\/\/www.sde.ct.gov\/sde\/lib\/sde\/excel\/smarterbalanced\/settingthebaseline2015.xls.