To the Editor:

Each year, the students in Connecticut public schools take the mastery tests (CMT) to test their skills.

Over the last five years, Booth Free School in Roxbury and Burnham School in Bridgewater have tested very well in the basic skills of math, reading and writing.

By ranking the fifth-grade scores of all elementary schools in the state, one can gauge how our students have done as they finish their elementary education.

From 2008 through 2012, Booth and Burnham have been consistently ranked in the top 10 percent of all elementary schools in the state in both math and reading.

While the scores vary from year to year, in 2010, the average math score ranked in the top three percent (11th of 518 elementary schools statewide).

In 2011, the average reading score ranked in the top two percent (ninth of 487 elementary schools).

For the last five years, our students also had good CMT scores in writing, consistently ranking in the top 12 percent across the state.

For example, in 2009, the average writing score ranked in the top four percent and in 2010, the ranking was in the top two percent (seventh of 521 elementary schools in the state).

It is important to recognize what jewels we have with our hometown elementary schools. We should acknowledge the excellent work done by our principal and her staff.

We also should congratulate our elementary school children for being great students.

Ed Wainwright

Bridgewater