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Marcellus ranked sixth for academics in six-county region

Business First magazine cover imageFor the fourth year in a row, the Buffalo-based business magazine, Business First, has ranked the Marcellus Central School District sixth in academic performance out of 54 public school districts in the six-county Syracuse region.

The Syracuse area rankings, which include school districts in Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, Onondaga, Oswego and Tompkins counties, were released Oct. 15 as part of the business magazine’s annual ranking of eight markets in Upstate New York: Albany, Binghamton-Elmira, Plattsburgh, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica-Rome, Watertown and Western New York. The rankings were based on the latest four years of test results and graduation rates available from the New York State Education Department.

Business First analyzed a total of 42 statistical indicators to determine each district’s annual score – two results per test, 20 tests per year, plus two Regents diploma rates. That equals 168 indicators over a four-year period. The tests ranged from statewide exams for third-graders in English and math up to the full array of Regents exams for high-schoolers.

“It’s gratifying to watch the hard work of our students, teachers and staff bear fruit year and year with the Business First rankings,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Craig J. Tice said. “Preparing our students for college and career is its own reward, but being included on this prestigious list is a well-deserved accolade for our faculty, staff and students.”

In the broader rankings of all 432 public school districts in the 48 Upstate counties, which were released today (Oct. 17), Marcellus came in at No. 37.

Also released today, for the first time, were separate subject rankings for English-foreign languages, math, science and social studies. Marcellus won the distinction of being a “5-star district” in three of those subjects by ranking among the top 44 districts: 38th in English-foreign languages, 38th in math and 37th in science. Marcellus was 69th in social studies, a category in which it was recognized as a "4-star district."

Marcellus also made the magazine’s list of the 50 Upstate New York school districts with the best records of preparing their students for college. College readiness is determined by a school’s aspiration-performance measure (APM), which indicates the percentage of high school students who graduated, scored 80 or better on any Regents exam, and achieved 75 or better on the Regents English test.

Marcellus was ranked 41st on the list, based on its 154 high school graduates in 2013 and their APM of 59.77 percent. 

The business journal’s online database shows each district's academic rank within the area, K-12 enrollment, student-body racial composition, spending per pupil and pupil-teacher ratio. 

Business First has issued annual performance ratings for schools in Western New York since 1992. It added yearly rankings for the Rochester Area in 2010 and launched the Upstate ratings in 2011.

The top 10 districts in the Syracuse area, according to the Business First rankings, are:
  1. Fayetteville-Manlius (Onondaga County)
  2. Skaneateles (Onondaga County)
  3. Cazenovia (Madison County)
  4. Westhill (Onondaga County)
  5. Jamesville-DeWitt (Onondaga County)
  6. Marcellus (Onondaga County)
  7. Lansing (Tompkins County)
  8. Fabius-Pompey (Onondaga County)
  9. West Genesee (Onondaga County)
  10. Ithaca (Tompkins County)

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