SCSD Students Show Gains in Math, ELA in Latest State Ed Data

     Published on 8/1/16   Tagged under:    District News    Academics   

Newly-released New York State Education Department data for the 2015-2016 school year shows an increase in the proficiency of SCSD elementary and middle school students on grade 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics exams.
 
In ELA, the number of SCSD students scoring in the proficient range increased by 2.8 percentage points from the 2014-15 school year to 2015-16, from 8.1% to 10.9%. Eleven out of 14 SCSD elementary schools and five out of six middle schools showed an overall increase in ELA performance, with fourth, seventh and eighth graders showing the largest gains in proficiency, rising by about 3.5 to 4 percentage points since the previous school year. In fact, the number of students scoring at the proficient and advanced levels rose to three-year highs.
 
In math, SCSD proficiency rose to 10.4%, up from 9.4% in the 2014-15 school year. The number of students scoring at a level 1 declined, while students scoring at the basic, proficient and advanced levels rose.  Noticeable improvements were found among third graders, up 3 percentage points; fifth graders, up 1.8 percentage points; and seventh graders, up 1.3 percentage points. This is the third consecutive year of overall improvement in the SCSD grade 3-8 math scores, and 11 out of 14 elementary schools showed an increase in performance this year.
 
“We are very pleased with these test results,” Interim Superintendent Jaime Alicea said. “Our students and teachers have worked hard to earn these improvements and we are proud of their efforts. At the same time, we recognize that there is still room for improvement. Results show a continued achievement gap based on race, ethnicity, disability status, socio-economic status and among English Language Learners. We will continue to expand our efforts to ensure that all students are learning the content they need to help them succeed.”
 
Full test results can be found at www.nysed.gov