The CAPT Mastery tests are one of the greatest shams ever perpetrated in the State of Connecticut. They are by design and intent made to present your child and the school system they are attending appear to be inferior and failing.
Truth be told, children are no smarter or less so than any time in history. Today's kids, however, live under economic times where their abilities and potential have been sold out from under them and the job they would have filled, flourished in, and retired from shipped overseas.
The CAPT's are the beginning of a weeding out process that is ultimately destined to deliver a class order. The tests are formulated to prove the innate superiority of white , suburban Connecticut. No programs are or will be put in place to equip the urban, suburban, rural poor to from birth compete with the privileged few.
We are rapidly moving to an Education System where the gifted few are taken from what ever class they come from to serve the needs of Corporate America. Best programs, best schools, best jobs will be their rewards. If your child is one - Congratulations! Enjoy! But if your child is not....
I, as a youth, wanted to be a M.D., soon learned I did not have the intellect. Yet. in 1970s America there were thousands of professional,business,trade,and manufacturing careers open to me. I chose public School teaching. Others I graduated from high school with distinguished themselves in the trades, business, or manufacturing. They did well, but the very jobs they excelled at are denied to their children because the jobs ( thanks to profit taking 1 percent America) no longer exist. Those jobs are now in Mexico, India, China,etc., etc.
Look at those CAPT scores with a jaded eye. They are meant not to promote excellence, but rather to promote superiority as a means of establishing an economic class order. For the poor and middle class this is already reality—for the rich who raised an "average child" this is your awakening. The fault is not in your children's teacher or school (or even in yourself), it is in what we have all allowed the 1 percent to bring us.