TUCKAHOE, N.Y. Tuckahoe Union Free School District students in grades three through eight improved upon last yea rs New York State standardized test scores, earning higher grades than much of the districts in Westchester County, according to the results released Tuesday by the State Education Department ( SED ).
In April, students took math and English language arts (ELA) assessments. Test scores range from one to four. A student who earned a one or a two is below proficiency in that subject. A student who scores a three meets the proficiency standard while a four exceeds it.
Tuckahoe students improved upon their already impressive scores from a year ago. The elementary and middle school students saw a five percent increase of students who met or exceeded proficiency standards on the ELA, jumping from 77.583 percent a year ago to 82.59 percent of test takers this year. A three or a four on the math assessment was earned by 89.28 percent of students, up from 86.1 percent last year
Countywide, 65.96 percent of students scored at or above the proficiency standard on the ELA, while 73 percent earned a three or a four on the math exam.
As a whole, New York state students showed a slight improvement on the ELA test, as 55.1 percent of students met or exceeded the standard, an increase from 52.8 percent last year. Math scores were once again higher, as 64.8 percent of students scored a three or four, up 1.5 percent from a year ago.
"There is some positive momentum in these numbers," said Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch in a news release. "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."
Beginning in the fall, the state plans to implement new, higher standards that can better measure the progression students are making. According to state Education Commissioner John B. King Jr., next years tests will be more difficult. A more challenging curriculum designed to better prepare students for college and careers will be implemented.
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