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Grades 3-8 assessment results released by the state

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On Aug. 12, the New York State Education Department released results from assessment tests that students across the state in grades 3-8 took in the spring of 2015, giving teachers and administrators insight into curricular areas that may need to be refined to support student learning.

The state's release included district and school results on the math and English language arts assessments. As in the past, students' scores on the tests are converted into the following performance levels.

Level 4: Student excels in Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) for this grade level.
Level 3: Student is proficient in CCLS for this grade level.
Level 2: Student is not proficient in CCLS for this grade level (partial but insufficient).
Level 1: Student is well below proficient in standards for this grade level.

Although the percentage of Liberty students who scored levels 3 and 4 trends below the state average, it is important to note that there are a variety of factors which contribute to the district’s performance, including the number of students who speak English as a second language and the number of students who chose to opt-out of this year’s exams.

For this and other reasons, Liberty Superintendent of Schools Dr. William Silver cautions against heavy reliance of test scores, and instead advises parents to take these results with a grain of salt.

“Although we are disappointed in the results, we have to remember that these tests represent a single data point, compromised by the high number of opt-outs,” said Silver. “We know we have work to do, but believe we are on the right path to improve student performance. In looking at individual student growth, teachers and building administrators look at broad set of data – state tests, NWEA, classroom assessments and performance. This is a single measure and by itself is not indicative of the success or failure or areas of weakness or strength in our students.”

Individual student score reports will be available to schools to share with parents in the coming weeks, according to the state. The reports provide parents with information about their child's performance level (1, 2, 3 or 4) and their child's performance compared to other children in the same grade across the state. Once available, the district will mail parents of students who were in grades 3-8 last year score reports about their children's performance on the tests.

This year marked the third time these tests were based upon the Common Core Learning Standards that the State Board of Regents adopted in 2010.

These national standards are designed to help students better develop skills and gain exposure in the areas that matter most in the world that awaits them after graduation.

Assistant Superintendent Carol Napolitano said that while these national standards place importance on standardized test results, the larger purpose of education is making sure that students have the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to be successful in life.

“As the teachers adjust to teaching the common core curriculum and its rigorous expectations, we will continue to provide the strongest professional development opportunities we can to support our teachers with making sure all our students are learning the standards and skills required to allow our students to graduate and be successful in a competitive world,” she said.

District Results: English and Math
Percentage of Liberty students scoring at a level 3 or 4, compared to New York State averages

Grade/Test

Liberty CSD

New York State

  Grade 3 ELA

12.2%

31%

  Grade 3 Math

20%

42%

  Grade 4 ELA

12.4%

33%

  Grade 4 Math

16.2%

43%

  Grade 5 ELA

17.5%

30%

  Grade 5 Math

 25%

43%

  Grade 6 ELA

19.1%

31%

  Grade 6 Math

41%

39%

  Grade 7 ELA

9.7%

29%

  Grade 7 Math

15.4%

35%

  Grade 8 ELA

19.5%

35%

  Grade 8 Math

 0%*

  22%*

*Scores are not reflective of the entire grade level because algebra students were not required to take the Math 8 assessment.

District Results: English
Percentage of Liberty students scoring at a level 3 or 4, compared to previous years.  

Grade Level

Liberty 2014-15

Liberty 2013-14

Liberty 2012-13

Grade 3 ELA

12.2%

10%

28%

Grade 4 ELA

12.4%

23%

20%

Grade 5 ELA

17.5%

21%

26%

Grade 6 ELA

19.1%

19%

17%

Grade 7 ELA

9.7%

15%

25%

Grade 8 ELA

19.5%

24%

19%

District Results: Math
Percentage of Liberty students scoring at a level 3 or 4, compared to previous years.  

Grade Level

Liberty 2014-15

Liberty 2013-14

Liberty 2012-13

Grade 3 Math

20%

16%

24%

Grade 4 Math

16.2%

30%

21%

Grade 5 Math

25%*

17%

14%

Grade 6 Math

41%

30%

15%

Grade 7 Math

15.4%

17%

16%

Grade 8 Math

0%*

4%

11%

 

More information and parent resources
State release of 2015 grade 3-8 assessments
Common Core resources for families


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