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The state Deparment of Education released a Connecticut Mastery Test 2011 Town-by-town list of scores.  The state averages are at the end of the list.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A test given to more than 250,000 Connecticut students shows they’re generally making academic progress, but that low-income children and students for whom English is a second language still lag notably behind others.

The Connecticut Mastery Test results, released Wednesday, reflect scores from public school students in third through eighth grades who took the exam in March.

Parents will get copies of their children’s individual scores in September.

The results show that across the board, students generally made incremental improvements or held steady against last year’s results in math, reading, writing and science.

A few small dips were recorded in the percentage of students deemed proficient or better in some subjects in a few grades, though usually within 1 percentage point of the previous year.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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