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November 18, 2017
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Grades 3-8 state test scores released, Stillwater results show improvement

Sept. 6, 2016 – Earlier this summer, the New York State Department of Education released the results of the 2016 grades 3-8 English language arts and math assessments. Local results show that at almost every level, Stillwater students exceeded the statewide averages.

This past school year, 78 percent of students statewide in grades 3-8 took ELA and math assessments. Their assessment scores were then designated with a level from 1-4, which is meant to reflect a student’s proficiency with the learning standards for a particular grade level. Levels 3-4 indicate a student meets or exceeds proficiency, while levels 1-2 indicate a student is below proficiency. Stillwater students' combined levels 3-4 proficiency rates were 52 percent for math and 41 percent for ELA, compared with statewide results of 39.1 percent for math and 37.9 percent for ELA.

This past school year the New York State Education Department announced some adjustments to the tests in response to concerns from parents and educators after the 2014-15 state exams. This year there were fewer questions on both tests and students were given as much time as they needed to complete them.

"We are very happy with the overall outcome of these results," said Superintendent Patricia Morris. “The students were well prepared thanks to their hard work, as well as their teachers' excellent efforts.”

The district saw a year-to-year increase in its math and ELA results for nearly all grade levels. However, the state cautioned in its release about statewide scores that "while the content of the 2016 tests and last year’s tests are comparable and similarly rigorous, it is not possible to make direct comparisons of the 2016 results to prior years’ results because of changes to the tests this year."

State assessments in grades 3-8 do not factor into a student’s grades, but they are useful in helping schools measure their curriculum, target professional development and determine if students need additional academic support. Parents can anticipate receiving information on their child’s individual performance on the assessments in September.

ELA Assessment

New York State
Proficiency Rates
2014-2015

New York State
Proficiency Rates
2015-2016

Stillwater
Proficiency Rates
2014-2015

Stillwater
Proficiency Rates
2015-16

Grade 3 ELA

32%

41.9%

22.8%

49.3%

Grade 4 ELA

32%

40.8%

35.5%

42.1%

Grade 5 ELA

29%

33.5%

40.5%

29.8%

Grade 6 ELA

28%

34.4%

19.2%

46.1%

Grade 7 ELA

28%

35.5%

35.5%

32.8%

Grade 8 ELA

34%

40.9%

41.8%

43.4%

Percentage of All
Test Takers

30.5%

37.9%

32.6%

41%


Math Assessment

New York State
Proficiency Rates
2014-2015

New York State
Proficiency Rates
2015-2016

Stillwater
Proficiency Rates
2014-2015

Stillwater
Proficiency Rates
2015-16

Grade 3 Math

42%

44.1%

42.6%

63.8%

Grade 4 Math

42%

44.7%

53.9%

65.8%

Grade 5 Math

39%

40.1%

61.3%

50.6%

Grade 6 Math

37%

40.1%

60%

58.3%

Grade 7 Math

3%

35.9%

50%

35.2%

Grade 8 Math

22%

23.8%

38.7%

36.7%

Percentage of All
Test Takers

35.7%

39.1%

52%

50.1%


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