The State Education Department has released results of Spring testing for grades 3 – 8 for English Language Arts and math.
The state says that overall, for ELA, the percentage of students in grades 3 – 8 who scored at the proficient level increased by 1.9 percentage points to 39.8.
In math, the percentage of students at the proficient level increased to 40.2, up 1.1 percent over last year.
Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa says she is encouraged by the modest improvements, but says that testing is “just one piece of the puzzle” to understand how students are performing.
State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia says that the test scores are a positive sign the state is headed in the right direction.
The Rochester City School School District saw some improvement, up .9 percent for ELA and up .7 for math.
But the Rochester City Schools had the worst results among the ‘Big 5 School Districts,’ with just 7.6 percent of the students in grades 3-8 proficient in English Language Arts and 7.9 percent proficient in math.