NORTH SALEM, N.Y. Students in the North Salem School District who took the New York State standardized tests in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics in April surpassed most other districts across the state and scored above many Westchester County districts as well, according to results released Tuesday by the State Education Department.
The tests were administered to children in grades three through eight. Final scores were divided into four levels. Levels one and two indicate the percentage of students whose scores are below proficiency. Level three represents the percent that meet the proficiency standard and level four indicates the percentage exceeding the standard.
In North Salem, 80.4 percent of the students met or exceeded the proficiency standard on the ELA test, and 85.3 percent met or exceeded the standard on the math test.
Across the county as a whole, 65.96 percent of students scored at the upper two levels on the ELA tests, and 73 percent scored in the upper two levels on the math tests.
The average scores on this years exams in both ELA and math are slightly higher than last years scores in most grades, according to state officials.
There is a small increase in the percentage students statewide who met or exceeded the proficiency standard on both exams.
"There is some positive momentum in these numbers," said Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch. "But too many of our students, especially students of color, English Language Learners and special education students, are currently not on a course for college and career readiness. Thats why we are continuing to press forward with critical reforms to ensure all of our kids are ready for college and careers. In the fall we will begin to phase in a new, more challenging, content rich curriculum and continue to press for the implementation of a rigorous teacher evaluation system in every district across the state."
Test results are available in a variety of formats on the New York State Education Department website .
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