Three Village Central School District officials are pleased with the performance on the New York State Assessments from the 2013-14 school year.
On Sept. 17, Kevin Scanlon, the assistant superintendent for educational services, gave a detailed presentation to the Board of Education regarding the results. This was the second year of the new scoring and scaling, as the tests are based on the Common Core Learning Standards.
Students were graded on a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 being well below proficient, 2 being below proficient, 3 being proficient and 4 excelling. On the grade eight English language arts exams, 58 percent of students scored at least a 3. That’s up 3 percent from 2012-13. On the fourth-grade math, 66 percent of test takers scored at least a 3, also up 3 percent from last year.
In eighth-grade math, the percentage of students who scored at least a 3 on the exam dropped from 45 percent to 30 percent, but Scanlon said that’s due to the new algebra Regents that’s being offered instead of the Common Core math. Therefore, 301 students from Murphy and Gelinas middle schools are taking that path instead.
“We should be proud of this,” Scanlon said. “Students are getting high school-level math at an earlier age. That allows them to take more advanced classes in high school.”
The Class of 2014 in Three Village had a 99 percent graduation rate, and 95 percent of those students were accepted to college. Seventy-three percent of those began four-year programs after graduating from Ward Melville High School.