Bellmore School District officials are happy with the results of state testing that took place during the 2011-12 school year, as all grade levels improved except for fifth 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.
Bellmore saw a large jump in a nunber of categories, as third grade English improved by 14 percent. The third graders also went up 12.5 percent with their math scores.
Here's a sampling of how Bellmore students fared with regard to meeting or exceeding proficiency standards in English and math exams.Grade 2010/11 2011/12 Grade 3- ELA 68.8% 82.8% Grade 3- Math 73.4% 85.9% Grade 4- ELA 72.9% 84.6% Grade 4- Math 82% 87% Grade 5- ELA 75% 77.7% Grade 5- Math 88.9% 85.7% Grade 6- ELA 73.1% 85.2% Grade 6- Math 84.3% 92.6%
Fourth graders also had a strong portion on the ELA portion, as they raised their scores by 11.7%. Sixth graders excelled as well, going up 12.1 percent in English and 6.3 percent in math.
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The lone drop in the school's results came with the fifth grade math test takers, who dropped 4.2 percent from last year's results.
"As you look at the scores, and you compare them to the state average and Nassau County, we did very well," Bellmore Superintendent Joseph Famularo said. "Saying that, though, we're always looking for continuous improvement, and we're looking very closely at areas where we can do so."
"We did a great job," he added. "With improvements in all grade levels, we're going to keep working on it."
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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