The grades are in, and the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District has seen scores improve in all categories except eighth grade math.
That’s according to a report revealing English and math test scores for elementary and middle school students recently released by the state’s education department.
The biggest climb for Bellmore-Merrick students came in the seventh grade English test, where students improved by 9.1 percent. The only drop came in eighth grade math, where test-takers scored 5.6 percent lower than last year.
Here's a sampling of how Bellmore-Merrick students fared with regard to meeting or exceeding proficiency standards in English and math exams.Grade 2010-11 2011-12 7- ELA 66.7% 75.8% 7- Math 82.8% 87.6% 8- ELA 68.1% 68.8% 8- Math 82% 76.4%
In other results, seventh graders also improved in math by 4.8 percent, and eighth graders excelled in English, raising their mark by .7 percent.
District officials declined to comment on the 2012 results.
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Newsday reports Long Island schools outperformed the rest of the state.
Incremental gains were seen statewide, according to the state education department. The latest report shows that students scored slightly higher this year in both the English and math exams, compared with last year, and that there was a small increase in the percentage of grades 3-8 students across the state who met or exceeded the proficiency standard on both exams.
However, state education officials seem to be setting sights on bigger gains.
Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said in a statement that "too many of our students, especially students of color, English Language Learners and special education students, are currently not on a course for college and career readiness. That’s why we are continuing to press forward with critical reforms to ensure all of our kids are ready for college and careers. In the fall we will begin to phase in a new, more challenging, content rich curriculum and continue to press for the implementation of a rigorous teacher evaluation system in every district across the state."
In looking at students in grades 3-8 across the state, the education department is reporting that 55.1 percent of students met or exceeded the English proficiency standard, up from 52.8 in 2011. In addition, 64.8 percent met or exceeded the standard in math, up from 63.3 percent last year.
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