One of Dr. Pat Cosentino reasoning's for changing the block scheduling to a 6/7 period format is based on the 2012 grade 10 CAPT math score.
Dr. Cosentino believes the lower math results are due to a semester gap in taking math classes for some students.
When I questioned her at the Nov. 14 meeting regarding the one data point she cites, she directed the audience members to visit the results which can be found in CTreport.org.
Dr. Cosentino also stated publicly to the audience the previous year test results were similar to the 2012 results.
After looking at the data, it is quite clear her statement is not correct.
Overall, between the years 2007 and 2011, Region 12 results were near 65 percent at or above goal, with the 2010 calendar year at 54.4 percent.
Based on the data from 2007 to today, it is impossible to cite block scheduling as the reason for the decline for last year's results, especially since in 2011 they were at a 67.1 percent at or above goal.
I would believe other factors unrelated to the block may be the cause for the 2012 results.
In addition, the plot includes the average results statewide, along with another school district which is the same size as Region 12.
Please keep in mind, to compare Region 12 to school districts with a three- or four-fold population advantage such as Region 14, New Milford or New Fairfield may not be a fair comparison.
Please also note, I plotted Region 12 ranking as a function of percent at or above proficiency compared to the state of Connecticut.
The plot shows we have an overall higher proficiency in math compared to the state average.