Results of third through eighth graders’ state tests, released today, show slightly higher average scores in most grades and a slight increase in the number of students scoring proficient or higher.
On the English language arts exam, 55.1 percent of students statewide met or exceeded state proficiency standards. That’s up from 52.8 percent last year.
Nearly 65 percent of students met or exceeded state standards on the math exam, up from 63.3 percent last year.
“There is some positive momentum in these numbers,” Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said in statement Tuesday. “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.”
As Tisch alluded, minority students fared below average on the tests. Just over 37 percent of African American students met or exceeded state standards on English, and 46.1 percent did so in math. That compares with 66.4 percent of white students who were successful in English and 74 percent in math.
Forty percent of Hispanic students met standards in English, and 53.1 did so in math.
Other results show that students in the “Big 5” cities — New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Yonkers — are trailing students in the rest of the state. However, students in New York City, Syracuse and Yonkers showed improvement from last year.
Tisch said the state will continue with critical reforms to help those struggling students.
“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,” she said.
To view all results, click here.
View the Education Department’s news release here: