(CBS Connecticut) — There were mixed results from new statewide science tests.  The state Department of Education today released the numbers from the Connecticut Mastery Test and the Connecticut Academic Performance Test.

Overall, there was improvement in the number of students meeting goals in the fifth grade and the tenth grade.

But the percentage of students meeting the goal in the eighth grade worsened slightly.

The test results show more white and Asian students are meeting goals than black or Hispanic students.

Children  who speak a language other than English showed some of the worst scores.  By Sophomore year in high school, just two percent of English learners were meeting the state goal.

State officials are drawing up a new assessment to replace the CAPT and CMT science tests.

The new version is expected to be in place for the school year that begins in 2018.

The recently released Smarter Balanced SBAC scores showed increases in all grades and categories for students in English and Math.


Connecticut CMT and CAPT Science – Percent at Goal or Advanced
School Year 2014-15 School Year 2015-16
Grade 5 55.5% 59.6%
Grade 8 61.1% 60.2%
Grade 10 45.3% 47.3%

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