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Some high-poverty schools post jumps in scores; reasons unclear

On Board Online • September 1, 2014

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

New York’s student test scores are telling more stories this year.

Here is one of the more encouraging ones: some schools saw remarkable improvement in their students’ results, despite high rates of poverty.

At Watertown’s North Elementary School, for example, the percentage of students with scores showing ELA proficiency rose by more than 14 points, while the percentage of students proficient in math jumped by 32.4 points. More than 70 percent of the school’s students live below the poverty line, according to State Education Department data.

NYSSBA used “matched student” data to compare test results for the same individual students who took the tests last year and this year.

“I’m very proud of the fact that we were able to raise the achievement level in a building where there are not a lot of additional resources available for our students,’’ said Watertown Superintendent Terry N. Fralick.

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Statement from NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on grades 3-8 test scores

FOR RELEASE:  August 14, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Today’s test results for students in grades 3-8 are encouraging. More students than last year were deemed proficient in math and English/language arts.  

That said, too many students in our schools still are not reaching the mark. The state’s “matched students” approach is a promising tool that could help schools better understand individual student growth and needs in specific subject areas. 


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