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Elmsford Test Scores Rise, Still Under State Average

ELMSFORD, N.Y. – While Elmsford school’s standardized-test scores were on the rise in 2010-11, and the district was marked in good standing by the state, test scores continue to come in under the statewide average, both in math and English, statistics show.

Administrators said last week there is no cause for concern as they are already using the data to drive district initiatives in the classroom.

“We’re still in good shape and we’re moving along,” Susan D'Angelo, assistant superintendent for instruction, said at the Board of Education Meeting.

Overall, in 2010-11 English and language arts testing, 49 percent of students in grades three through eight met state standards, according to a state Department of Education report card.

While that number is up from 47 percent last year, it fails to meet the state average of 52 percent. At the eighth-grade level, the district’s worst scoring grade, 27 percent of students met or exceeded standards.

District math scores paint a similar picture. In 2010-11, 54 percent of tested students met state standards, up from 51 percent last year but still below the 63 percent average statewide.  Eighth-grade was again the district’s worst scoring grade as 28 percent of students met or exceeded state standards.

D’Angelo said administrators will continue to look at specific, low-scoring grades and look at ways to change the way information is delivered in an effort to boost their scores.

“We are being judged as we speak, so these are quick changes,” Sue said. “There is no waiting period.”

In the meantime, Alice E. Grady Elementary School was the only school within the district marked as needing improvement by the state after failing to meet standards for students with disabilities and limited English proficiency, both in English and math.

Already the district has entertained visitors from the state’s Department of Education who toured the building earlier this year, D’Angelo said. And administrators said they have submitted a two-year plan to the state outlining a plan for improvement.

“This plan will help us reach the targeted students and be more proficient,” D’Angelo said.

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