The Common Core test results for 2013-14 were released this summer by each state.
By Bob Zahm
The Common Core test results for 2013-14 were released this summer by each state. The data assesses the performance of students in grades 3 through 8 in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
This is the second year for Common Core testing, and the first in which educators and parents can track student performance from grade to grade. Rye City School District students continue to far exceed New York State averages. Rye students passed the English and Math tests at roughly twice the state average.
But Rye’s performance versus its Westchester County peer schools shows a decline. In English, Rye moved from 5th to 11th. In Math, Rye moved from 2nd to 9th.
The actual passing percentages show that Rye’s peers were largely able to maintain their 2013 performance or, in some cases, improve on it. While Scarsdale and Briarcliff both had lower passing rates on the English test, they remained in the top five. In Math, Bronxville returned to the top five after performing in the bottom third in 2012-13.
With one exception, Milton continues to rank highest among Rye elementary schools. The district-wide fall in test results is generally mirrored in all of the elementary schools. The exception is Midland’s new 3rd grade class, which scored significantly higher in both Math and English than last year’s class.
According to the data, which is available on the New York State Department of Education website (nysed.gov), across grades three through eight, 600 Rye students failed to show mastery of NY State Common Core standards in English, and 480 in Math.
Rye City School Superintendent Dr. Frank Alvarez said, “These data from NY State are preliminary. We look forward to presenting the final data pertinent to the Rye City Schools to the School District community at our Board of Education meeting on October 21. At that time, we will provide an overview of student achievement across all grades and curricula areas and a comparison of grade level performance vis-à-vis our peer districts.”