Test scores show improvement

Test scores show improvement”

"And Buffalo has made gains over the last two years".

The New York State Education Department released the latest Common Core test results today.

Buffalo Public school students registered a small increase in student proficiency of 1.4-perent in ELA's, bringing the total student proficiency to 17.8-percent. In Math, student proficiency increased by just over one-percent.

Rochester School District Accountability Officer Ray Giamartino says that he and Superintendent Barbara Deane-Williams realize that the district needs to accelerate whatever progress it is making.

"These are results that are disappointing, we know that we have tremendous work to do, we've got unbelievable teachers and administrators and a very supportive board who are helping very specifically in targeting the work that we need to do", Giamartino told WXXI News.

While these improvements are about on par with the rest of the state, the percent of students who achieved proficient scores or above is still lower for both tests than in the rest of the state.

"There are many encouraging signs embedded in this year's state test results for Buffalo". "Overall, we are headed in the right direction, however, the pace must pick up in order for all of our children to be able to read and understand text at a college level or above by the time they graduate from our high schools".

The "opt out" rate also dropped slightly this year.

The percentage of students passing the English language arts test increased by nearly 2 percentage points from 37.9 percent in 2016 to 39.8 percent this year.

Although that does not sound good, that is actually an improvement from past year.

Around 19 percent of students statewide opted out of the Regents exams this year, down from 21 percent in 2016.

The Rochester City School School District saw some improvement, up.9 percent for ELA and up.7 for math.

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