In response to community members’ claims in 2013-14 that the “efficiency and effectiveness of the Wilton Public Schools had declined significantly over the past 20 years,” Assistant Superintendent Charles Smith said, he put together two student achievement data comparisons.
He presented his two comparison summaries — which showed results opposite to the claims — to the Board of Education at its July 23 meeting.
The first summary compared student achievement in 1993 and 2013, and the second summary included trend data over the past five years — from 2009 to 2013.
“I looked at student achievement data, AP performance, enrollment, graduation rates and college attendance,” Smith told the board.
“During that 20-year period of time,” said Dr. Smith, “Wilton students made significant gains in all measures of academic success.”
Smith used Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and the SAT data to measure student achievement.
According to his data comparison, the percentage of Wilton students who met CMT goals increased in every test area — math, reading and writing — over that 20-year time span.
Smith also found that the average SAT mathematics score of a Wilton student increased by 57 points, and the average critical reading — formerly “verbal” — score increased by 83 points.
According to Smith’s comparison, enrollment increased by the following number of students at each Wilton school: