HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Connecticut education officials are set to release the results of a standardized test given to more than 250,000 Connecticut public school students in third through eighth grades.

The Connecticut Mastery Test results from students who took the assessment last March are scheduled to be released Wednesday. Parents will get copies of their children’s individual scores in September.

The Mastery Test is used to assess students’ progress in reading, math, science and writing. It also helps determine whether schools and districts are meeting performance goals, including complying with the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Recent years’ results have shown Connecticut’s black and Hispanic students continuing to narrow the achievement gap with their white counterparts, though they still generally lagged behind.

Connecticut’s Asian students posted the best scores overall last year.

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


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