New April Testing Results Announced

New York State’s Board of Education has just released the first round of testing scores..  The change in the testing procedures has garnered a lower average score than from previous years But Saranac Lake’s District Superintendent Diane Fox says they’re going to continue to gather the numbers and to develop an overall view of what the new scores mean relative to other schools..

AUDIO – 080813 – State ELA and Math Testing Scores

This year’s state assessments are the first for New York students to measure the Common Core Learning Standards that were adopted by the State Board of Regents in 2010. State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. says the percentage of students deemed proficient is significantly lower than in 2011-12. and this was an expected change which is largely the result of the shift in the assessments to measure the Common Core Standards, which more accurately reflect students’ progress toward college and career readiness. King also emphasized that the results do not reflect a decrease in performance for schools or students. The new assessments are a better, more accurate tool for educators, students, and parents as they work together to address the rigorous demands of the Common Core and college and career readiness in the 21st century.

Saranac Lake’s 5th graders showed strength in ELA and math scores – 50.6 and 61.7 respectively in the top level of scoring..   That’s compared to Lake Placid’s 5th Graders – where 29.5% are in the top level of ELA scoring and 35.7% are in the top level of Math scores.. Tupper Lakes 5th Grade had 44.4% in the top level of scoring and topped the list at 64.8% of students in the top level of Math scoring..

The tests were given to third through eighth graders in April…  Overall, in New York, 31.1% met or exceeded the ELA proficiency standard and 31% met or exceeded the math proficiency standard..   Which PutsSaranacLake and TupperLake 5th Graders 30% higher than the state average.. According to the commissioner, the ELA proficiency results for race and ethnicity groups across grades 3-8 reveal the persistence of the achievement gap: The report shows that only 16.1% of African-American students and 17.7% of Hispanic students met or exceeded the proficiency standard.

here is a link to all of the results;

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