State Test Results Released
New York State Department of Education released recently the results
of the standardized Math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests
taken last May by fourth and eighth grade students across New
on the results released, we can say that there has been a rise
in the fourth grade math scores over the last two years, but for
the most part, the scores on the eighth grade tests for both English
and math showed little change. “I continue to be disappointed
that the school system has not made greater progress,” said Chancellor
In NYC nearly one-half of fourth grade students have not met all
of the math standards for their grade. The percentage of NYC fourth
grade students who achieved the advanced level on the Math assessment
increased over five percentage points from 10.0 percent to 15.1
percent in 2001. The percentage of grade four students scoring
in the lowest proficiency level, Proficiency Level 1, has declined
steadily from 19.3 percent in 1999, 18.4 percent in 2000 and 16.5
percent in 2001.
Since 1999, when the test was first administered, approximately
one-third of the grade 8 students in NYC have achieved the ELA
standards for their grade. Statewide, the percentage of grade
eight students meeting or exceeding ELA standards declined from
48.1 percent in 1999 to 44.9 percent.
results make it clearer than ever that we need to rethink how
we teach math,” said Levy. “The recommendations of the Math Commission
have set the stage for changes we need to make. I am determined
to implement them.”
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