Education Department releases test scores

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.

More information and parent resources

State release of 2015 grade 3-8
assessments


Common Core resources for families

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