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State releases 2015 NYS ELA/math test score results

August 14, 2015

On Aug. 12, 2015, the New York State Education Department (SED) released district and school results for the English language arts (ELA) and mathematics assessments, which were administered to students in grades 3-8 in spring 2015.

Students in South Glens Falls fared well on the state exams, meeting or exceeding state averages for proficiency in both ELA and math. 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 level 2 indicates a student is partially proficient in standards for their grade, and level 1 indicates a student is well below proficient in standards for their grade. (See chart below.)

“We are very proud of the efforts of both our students and teachers to achieve the gains we have earned on the state 3-8 assessments. Our teachers have been working very hard to implement the Common Core learning standards with instructional strategies that meet our student’s needs,” said Superintendent of Schools Michael Patton. “The state assessment results are just one measurement of the academic progress that our students are making across the district. Our teachers and administrators will use these results to help modify and improve our curriculum and instructional strategies for the upcoming school year.”

Math scores in South Glens Falls increased to show 45 percent of students are proficient this year, compared to 37 percent for the 2013-14 school year. Statewide, math proficiency levels were 38 percent for the 2014-15 school year. Nearly all grade levels saw significant jumps in math scores, especially in grade 7 where proficiency increased from 21 percent in 2013-14 to 39.2 percent on the most recent exams. Grade 5 math proficiency percentages increased from 40 percent in 2013-14 to 50.7 percent in 2014-15.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Kristine Orr attributes these increases to a more focused approach to teaching and learning, which included meetings at each grade level around math progressions and the standards at each level, as well as increased professional development for teachers on hands-on strategies for students.

In ELA results, 32 percent of students scored as proficient, compared to 31 percent statewide. Grades 4 and 5 ELA scores increased, while there were declines in other grade levels. Districtwide, however, scores held steady with 32 percent of students achieving proficiency for the second consecutive year.

“It is obviously our goal to continue to increase proficiency levels across the board,” Orr said. “We implemented Writers’ Workshop last year, and we have already begun to look at the information the state provided us in July based on the standards. We will be analyzing our school trends and focusing on our areas for improvement based on those standards.”

Individual student score reports will be mailed to parents in the fall.

Click here to see the press release from SED.


Percent of Students Scoring at Proficient Levels on Grades 3-8 Assessments

Math Results

Grade 3 42% 54.1% 50%
Grade 4 43.1% 48.8% 48%
Grade 5 42.7% 50.7% 40%
Grade 6 38.8% 46.6% 42%
Grade 7 34.8% 39.2% 21%
Grade 8 21.9% 24.8%
Total 38.1% 45% 37%

ELA Results

Grade 3 31% 23.8% 43%
Grade 4 32.6% 38.9% 33%
Grade 5 29.7% 33% 22%
Grade 6 30.6% 32% 32%
Grade 7 29.2% 32.9% 37%
Grade 8 34.7% 31.1% 30%
Total 31.3% 32% 32%


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