2016-08-10 / Front Page

ELA & Math Scores On The Rise In City Public Schools

By Richard Gentilviso

New York State English language arts (ELA) and math scores on the standardized exams continue to steadily increase. The latest exam was given this spring to about 400,000 City public school students in grades three to eight.  
New York City students posted gains of 7.6 percent in ELA proficiency and 1.2 percent in math with proficiency determined as student scores at Levels 3 and 4 on the assessment results, released August 1 by the State Education Department.
ELA scores increased in all of the 32 community school districts across the five boroughs, with the percentage of city students reading at grade level having increased by 44 percent during the past three years, according to the Department of Education (DOE).
“Congratulations to Chancellor (Carmen) Fariña and her team, and all of New York’s principals, teachers, support staff, parents and students. We need to keep fighting for adequate and fair funding to ensure these gains continue to enhance the lives of our children,” said Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, Chair of the Assembly Committee on Education, in an August 1 press release.
Overall, 38 percent of students met proficiency standards in English in 2016, up from 30.6 percent in 2015, the best numbers since 2009. In addition, students in New York City finally eliminated a gap with the rest of New York State in English that has existed since the advent of standardized testing.
New York State was up 6.6 percent in ELA (37.9 percent in 2016 from 31.3 in 2015) and one percent in math (39.1 percent in 2016 from 38.1 in 2015) in grades three to eight. The 2016 ELA and math exams had fewer questions than in the past and did not have a time limit for students as long as they were “working productively.”
Less than three percent of grade three to eight students, opted out of either the ELA or math exams, 2.4 percent opting out of the ELA and 2.8 percent of the math for a total number of 12,999 students.
In Queens, all seven districts showed significant increases in ELA, with District 26 scoring 66 percent at proficiency Level 3 and 4 in 2016 up seven percent from 59 percent in 2015, District 25 at 53 percent (up 10 percent from 43 percent), District 28 at 43 percent (up eight percent from 35 percent), District 30 at 44 percent (up 10 percent from 34 percent), District 24 at 40 percent (up seven percent from 33 percent), District 27 at 37 percent (up seven percent from 30 percent), District 28 at 43 percent (up eight percent from 35 percent), and District 29 at 33 percent (up eight percent from 25 percent).
Math results showed the following: District 26 scoring 71 percent at proficiency (Level 3 and 4) in 2016 (up one percent from 70 percent in 2015), District 25 at 59 percent (up one percent from 58 percent), District 30 at 43 percent (up one percent from 42 percent), District 28 at 41 percent (no change from 41 percent last year), District 24 at 40 percent (no change from 40 percent), District 27 at 33 percent (down one percent from 34 percent) and District 29 at 26 percent (up one percent from 25 percent).
“Our schools continue to move in the right direction,” said Councilman Daniel Dromm, Chair of the Committee on Education. “These improvements are a result of the city’s considerable investment in public education over the past two and a half years. I celebrate these gains and will continue to work with the administration to build upon them.”

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