Local urban school districts flunk English and math state exams

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ALBANY – The New York State Education Department has released the data on the math and English language arts (ELA) testing for grades three through eight for the 2021-2022 school year.  Several Westchester school districts are among the best in the state while others in the region are among the lowest of the 646 school districts in the state that had data available.

State education department spokeswoman Emily DeSantis explained the need for testing, saying, “Multiple measures of student learning, including state assessments, are used at the local level to help shape individualized learning plans, so students have the supports they need. NYSED has distributed federal CARES, CRSSA, and ARP funding to help schools and districts address the unique learning needs of students and lost instruction time caused by the pandemic. We remain committed to fostering high-quality instructional opportunities that provide authentic measures of deeper learning.”

Westchester County’s Bronxville Union Free School District is ranked first in the state in both ELA and math.  A total of 89 percent of Bronxville district students in third through eighth grades scored “proficient” on the ELA test and 88 percent were proficient in math. The district had the highest scores in the state.

The Newburgh Enlarged City School District ranked 498 in ELA with 33 percent of the students testing “proficient.”  The district’s math scores were slightly better with 26 percent of the students who took the test scored proficiently, resulting in a rank of 438.

The Monticello Central School District in Sullivan County had only 25 percent of its students score proficiently on the ELA test, resulting in a state rank of 601.  Only 15 percent of the students scored proficient in math, resulting in a ranking of 525.

The Poughkeepsie City School District (PCSD) had 1,501 students take the ELA test.  Of those, only 329 scored proficient.  For the ELA, 22 percent of the students were proficient, ranking the PCSD at 623 out of 646 districts in the state.  A mere 10 percent of the students in grades three through eight scored proficient in math, ranking the district at 539 in the state.