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State assessment scores show progress


Standardized test bubble sheetThe New York State Department of Education on Aug. 14 released district and school results for the English and math assessments that students in grades three through eight took in the spring of 2014.

This was the second year the tests were based on the Common Core Learning Standards, which are meant to be more rigorous and reflective of the skills and concepts students need to be ready for college and careers. Proficiency levels across the state declined significantly last year. In this year’s results, state officials reported some progress.

Overall, Marcellus:
  • scored well above the state average on all tests;
     
  • Marcellus scored second-highest among all 24 OCM BOCES component districts on three of the tests (sixth- and seventh-grade math and third-grade English language arts) and ranked in the top five regionally on all but two of the 2013-14 state assessments (Grade 5 math and Grade 8 ELA).
     
  • and improved over its 2012-13 scores in half of the tests. 
As in the past, students' scores on the tests are converted into a scoring range of 1 through 4 meant to indicate the degree of proficiency in the Common Core standards for the grade level. Scores at level 3-4 indicate proficiency (4 means that a student excels in the standards), while levels 1-2 indicate a student is below proficiency.

In Marcellus, 46.5 percent of students in grades 3-8 scored at a level 3 or 4 on the mathematics exams, and 44.1 percent of students scored a 3 or 4 on the English language arts exams. Overall proficiency rates statewide were 35.8 in math and 31.4 in ELA. See the chart below for details. 


Percentage of students scoring at a level 3 or 4
 

New York state

Marcellus

 

2013-2014

2012-2013

2013-2014

2012-2013

Grade 3 Math

42.2 %

34.2 %

69 %

54 %

Grade 4 Math

42.6 %

36.4 %

55 %

57 %

Grade 5 Math

40 %

29.9 %

48 %

39 %

Grade 6 Math

38.1 %

30.6 %

69%

58 %

Grade 7 Math

32.9 %

27.7 %

63 %

54 %

Grade 8 Math

22.2 %

27.5 %

40 %

45 %

 

 

 

 

 

Grade 3 ELA

31.8 %

34.2 %

48 %

44 %

Grade 4 ELA

33.2 %

36.4 %

40 %

47 %

Grade 5 ELA

29.7 %

29.9 %

50 %

42 %

Grade 6 ELA

28.9 %

30.6 %

48 %

58 %

Grade 7 ELA

29.5 %

27.7 %

35 %

41 %

Grade 8 ELA

35.5 %

27.5 %

44 %

46 %


In a press release from the state Education Department, Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said: “The test scores show that students from all economic, race, ethnicity and geographic backgrounds can and are making progress. This is still a transition period.  It will take time before the changes taking place in our classrooms are fully reflected in the test scores. But the growth we see is directly attributable to the dedication and determination of so many classroom teachers and school leaders across the state.

“We expected the Grade 8 math scores to drop a bit, as this year’s scores did not include those students who were enrolled in Algebra I Common Core math and sat for the Regents exam in that subject,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Craig J. Tice said. “This was the first year those students were not double-tested – by the Grade 8 state assessment in math and the Regents exam – as they had been in the past.

A recent article in the New York Post reported the 2014 math exams for Grades 3, 4 and 6 and the ELA tests for Grades 3, 4 and 7 were more difficult than last year’s versions. As a result, the state adjusted the cut points, according to Deputy Education Commissioner Ken Wagner.

“This makes our results on the Grade 3 math and ELA exams even more impressive,” Dr. Tice said. 

As in the past, these assessments will not factor into a student’s grades for the year. They are typically used to help determine if a student needs extra help in math or English language arts, but are only one factor in this determination.

Marcellus teachers and school leaders will also continue to examine the data to identify where instructional strategies should change and other ways to support all students.

Additional Resources:

 
 
Some content courtesy of Capital Region BOCES School Communications Portfolio; Copyright 2013; All rights reserved. For more information or permission to use, call 518-464-3960.
 



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