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November 19, 2017
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Grades 3-8 state test scores released, Stillwater students exceed majority of statewide averages

Aug. 29, 2017 – The New York State Department of Education released the results of the 2017 grades 3-8 English language arts and math assessments last week. Local results show that at almost every level, Stillwater students exceeded the statewide averages.

The 2017 tests are comparable to the previous year’s tests, as there were no significant changes were made to the assessments from last year.

As in the past, students' scores on the tests are converted into a scoring range of 1-4 meant to indicate their degree of proficiency in the Common Core standards for the grade level. Scores at levels 3-4 indicate proficiency (4 means that a student excels in the standards), while levels 1-2 indicate a student is below proficiency.

Overall, students scoring at the proficiency levels 3 or 4 increased statewide. In Stillwater, 49.5% percent of students in grades 3-8 scored at levels considered proficient on the mathematics exams and 44% percent earned proficient scores on the English language arts exams.

"We are very happy with the overall outcome of these results," said Superintendent Patricia Morris. “Our students improved on a variety of levels, and while there is always room for improvement, I know our teachers will continue their excellent efforts in preparing our students to do the best they can each 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.

According to SED, the test refusal rate statewide for 2017 was approximately 19 percent, which was a decrease of two percentage points from last year.

“The test data is useful as it helps inform instruction and assists in determining areas of strength and need,” Superintendent Morris added. “My hope is that the state's transition to a two-day test for both ELA and math will encourage more students to take the exams, giving teachers the opportunity to evaluate the data for each group of students.”

While the 3-8 assessments are not critical for promotion, the tests help guide planning and ensure that students are comfortable with state testing parameters. By ninth grade, students are required to take the Regents exams for graduation. Therefore, the 3-8 assessments serve a two-fold purpose.

ELA Assessment

New York State
Proficiency Rates
2015-2016

New York State
Proficiency Rates
2016-2017

Stillwater
Proficiency Rates
2015-2016

Stillwater
Proficiency Rates
2016-17

Grade 3 ELA

41.9%

43%

49.3%

33.8%

Grade 4 ELA

40.8%

41%

42.1%

58.9%

Grade 5 ELA

33.5%

35%

29.8%

38.2%

Grade 6 ELA

34.4%

32%

46.1%

30.6%

Grade 7 ELA

35.5%

42%

32.8%

59.2%

Grade 8 ELA

40.9%

45%

43.4%

43.4%

Percentage of All
Test Takers

37.9%

39.7%

41%

44%


Math Assessment

New York State
Proficiency Rates
2015-2016

New York State
Proficiency Rates
2016-2017

Stillwater
Proficiency Rates
2015-2016

Stillwater
Proficiency Rates
2016-17

Grade 3 Math

44.1%

48%

63.8%

53.8%

Grade 4 Math

44.7%

43%

65.8%

62.8%

Grade 5 Math

40.1%

43%

50.6%

58%

Grade 6 Math

40.1%

40%

58.3%

53.6%

Grade 7 Math

35.9%

38%

35.2%

50.7%

Grade 8 Math

23.8%

22%

38.7%

18.2%

Percentage of All
Test Takers

38.1%

39%

52%

49.5%


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