State test scores 'a mixed bag' – New York News


Student scores on state English language arts and math tests rose slightly in the spring of 2017, according to results released Tuesday by the New York State Education Department.

In ELA, 39.8 percent of test takers in grades three through eight tested proficient, meaning they scored in Level 3 or Level 4. That’s up 1.9 percentage points from scores in 2016. In math, 40.2 percent tested proficient, an increase of 1.1 percentage points since 2016.

“Real progress takes time,” said state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia in a news release. “So the test scores we’re announcing today are a positive sign that we continue to steadily head in the right direction. We’ve taken a deliberate, inclusive and transparent approach to develop the state’s draft (federal Every Student Succeeds Act) plan as well as changes to our standards and assessments. We’re confident that this careful approach will continue to yield benefits for our students.”

The data also shows that the number of students refusing to take the tests fell from 21 percent of eligible test takers in 2016 to 19 percent this year. The report notes that students who are white, who are not English language learners, who are from wealthier districts and who are from better off families are more likely to opt out of the tests.

“The students that are generally higher performing students are the ones who are opting out,” Elia noted during a conference call with reporters.

Officials in local districts said they couldn’t comment on their schools’ performance as they hadn’t had time to study their results in detail…

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