RCSD state testing scores lowest among big 5 districts in N.Y.

By NATE DOUGHERTY - 8/7/2013 5:31:16 PM

The Rochester City School District had the lowest performance of the state's five largest districts when it came to English Language Arts and math proficiency standards, state figures released Wednesday show.

In RCSD, 5.4 percent of students met or exceeded the ELA proficiency standard, while 5 percent met or exceeded the math proficiency standard. That compares with 11.5 percent and 9.6 percent for Buffalo schools, 16.4 percent and 14.5 percent in Yonkers and 26.4 percent and 29.6 percent in New York City.

John King, state education commissioner, said the results do not necessarily reflect a decrease in performance for schools, but rather a new assessment designed to be a better, more accurate tool for educators and parents.

"The world has changed, the economy has changed, and what our students need to know has changed," Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch said. "These scores reflect a new baseline and a new beginning. We have just finished the first year of a dramatic shift in teaching and learning. Teachers, principals, superintendents and school boards have worked extraordinarily hard to implement the Common Core.

“With the right tools, the right training, and continuous feedback and support, our teachers—the best teaching force in the country—will make sure all our students are prepared for college and career success in the 21st century."

The results found that 31.1 percent of grade 3 through 8 students statewide met or exceeded ELA proficiency standards, and 21 percent met or exceeded the math standard. The results also show achievement gaps statewide, with only 16.1 percent of African-American students and 17.7 percent of Hispanic students meeting or exceeding proficiency standards.

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