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North Salem Students Test Scores Higher Than State Average

The North Salem School District performed better on the math and English Language Arts test than the state average in most categories.
The North Salem School District performed better on the math and English Language Arts test than the state average in most categories. Photo Credit: File Photo

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- The state released the results of the math and English Language Arts test for grades 3-8 Wednesday and North Salem School District scored higher than the state average in most areas.

Deb D'Agostino, president of the North Salem Board of Education, knew the test would be a challenge for students. "This was a difficult test," said D'Agostino. "It was so different from previous tests that we cannot make a comparison to previous performance." New York State Education Commissioner John B. King Jr. stated in a press release issued on Wednesday that results across the state were down as expected and the "change in scores – which will effectively create a new baseline of student learning – is largely the result of the shift in the assessments to measure the Common Core Standards." All the numbers are a lot to digest, but D'Agostino feels good about how the students in the area performed. "We are a data-driven school district." she said. "We will be analyzing data as it becomes available and will discuss it at upcoming board meetings. We are doing OK." D'Agastino said she is looking forward to getting data for individual students which will allow teachers to help improve individual performance, a sentiment echoed by King in his statement. "We all share the same goal: to make sure all students in New York have the skills and knowledge to be successful in college and careers," King said in a statement. "With the Common Core, we're building a ladder toward that goal; the assessment scores are a measure of where our students are on that ladder and give us a clearer, more accurate picture of the climb ahead."

Here are the scores from the North Salem School District and the averages from Westchester County Schools:

  • Grade Three – 42.7 percent of students met or exceeded proficiency for their grade in ELA, and 37.5 percent met or exceeded proficiency for their grade in math.   The Westchester County average was 40.6 percent for ELA and 41.2 percent for math.
  • Grade Four – 44.9 percent of students met or exceeded proficiency for their grade in ELA, and 49 percent met or exceeded proficiency for their grade in math.  The Westchester County average was 41.6 percent for ELA and 46.1 percent for math.
  • Grade Five – 49/8 percent of students met or exceeded proficiency for their grade in ELA, and 34.8 percent met or exceeded proficiency for their grade in math. The Westchester County average was 41 percent for ELA and 39.4 percent for math.
  • Grade Six – 59.4 percent of students met or exceeded proficiency for their ELA and 49.6 exceeded proficiency for their grade in math.  The Westchester County average was 46.6 percent for ELA and 40.6 percent for math.
  • Grade Seven – 68.1 percent of students met or exceeded proficiency for their grade in ELA, and 49.5 percent met or exceeded proficiency for their grade in math.  The Westchester County average was 41.1 percent for ELA and 37.3 percent for math.
  • Grade Eight – 71.6 percent of students met or exceeded proficiency for their grade in ELA, and 48.7 percent met or exceeded proficiency for their grade in math. The Westchester County average was 44.2 percent for ELA and 37 percent for math.

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