Overall 2013 Connecticut Mastery Test scores in Fairfield are up in the lower grades, and down slightly at the middle school level, while high school students' scores on the Connecticut Academic Placement Test are up from the previous year.

Statewide results show declines in the third through eighth grade results in reading, math, writing and science.

In Fairfield, there was a very slight decline in math scores at the third-grade level, with 85 percent meeting goal this year compared to 85.9 percent in 2012, but scores in reading and writing were higher. In reading, 78.6 percent met goal this year versus 75 percent in 2012. Writing scores went from 79.5 percent meeting goal in 2012 to 79.5 percent in 2013.

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FAIRFIELD TEST SCORES
Percentage of Fairfield students meeting goal (2012 score in parentheses) on state standardized tests:

• Connecticut Academic Performance Test (all 10th graders)
Math: 74.6 (70.4)
Science: 72.4 (71.9)
Reading: 72.7 (71.9)
Writing: 81.5 (85)

• Connecticut Mastery Test
Grade 3
Math: 85 (85.9)
Reading: 78.6 (75)
Writing: 79.9 (79.5)

Grade 4
Math: 86.8 (83.9)
Reading: 78.8 (79.8)
Writing: 79.1 (81.5)

Grade 5
Math: 89.7 (86.6)
Reading: 84.6 (82.8)
Writing: 83.4 (82.9)

Grade 6
Math: 85.1 (83.2)
Reading: 85.9 (87.3)
Writing: 82.3 (86.2)

Grade 7
Math: 84.6 (84.1)
Reading: 90 (91.1)
Writing: 79.8 (79.9)

Grade 8
Math: 84.1 (87.6)
Reading: 90.5 (91.8)
Writing: 83.6 (85.8)
Science: 77.1 (83.8)

Fifth-grade scores went up across the board. Math scores went from 86.6 percent meeting goal to 89.7, while the reading scores increased from 82.8 percent to 84.6 percent. Writing scores were in 2012 showed 82.9 percent meeting goal, a number that went to 83.4 percent this year

By the eighth grade, however, scores dropped in every subject, with the largest change showing up in the science scores. In 2012, 83.8 percent of students scored at or above goal, compared to 77.1 percent in 2013.

In math, 84.1 percent met goal this year, while that number was 87.6 percent in 2012. The differences were smaller on the reading and writing tests. In 2012, 91.8 percent met goal in reading, and in 2013, 90.5 percent of students met goal. For writing, 85.8 percent met goal in 2012 compared to 83.6 percent in 2013.

For the CAPT test, given to high school sophomores, the trend of the Fairfield scores mirrored those statewide, where there were increases math, science and reading, but a drop in writing.

In 2012, 70.4 percent met goal in math, with that number rising to 74.6 percent in 2013, while in science, 72.4 percent met goal this year compared to 71.9 percent in 2012. In reading, 72.7 percent scored at goal versus 71.9 percent in 2012. The writing scores dropped from 85 percent in 2012 to 81.5 percent in 2013.

State Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor blamed the decline on the shift to the new statewide Common Core curriculum already underway in many districts.

"It is increasingly apparent that our legacy tests are out of sync with the new Common Core state standards," Pryor said. He said that there are initial signs that education reforms are working, citing the gains on the CAPT test, but added it remains "clear that major work lies ahead to ensure that each student is prepared for success in college and career."

FAIRFIELD TEST SCORES

Percentage of Fairfield students meeting goal (2012 score in parentheses) on state standardized tests:

- Connecticut Academic Performance Test (all 10th graders)

Math: 74.6 (70.4)

Science: 72.4 (71.9)

Reading: 72.7 (71.9)

Writing: 81.5 (85)

- Connecticut Mastery Test

Grade 3

Math: 85 (85.9)

Reading: 78.6 (75)

Writing: 79.9 (79.5)

Grade 4

Math: 86.8 (83.9)

Reading: 78.8 (79.8)

Writing: 79.1 (81.5)

Grade 5

Math: 89.7 (86.6)

Reading: 84.6 (82.8)

Writing: 83.4 (82.9)

Grade 6

Math: 85.1 (83.2)

Reading: 85.9 (87.3)

Writing: 82.3 (86.2)

Grade 7

Math: 84.6 (84.1)

Reading: 90 (91.1)

Writing: 79.8 (79.9)

Grade 8

Math: 84.1 (87.6)

Reading: 90.5 (91.8)

Writing: 83.6 (85.8)

Science: 77.1 (83.8)