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August 8, 2013

Local educators disappointed in test scores

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Parents should understand that children will be pushed harder under the new curriculum and continue to support them, he said.

More students are ready for college, than are indicated by the scores, but “if students are better prepared then everyone wins.”

State University College of Technology at Delhi Provost John Nader said that while his school has seen issues of college preparedness that can be traced to the high school curriculum, it is manageable. He hoped this new initiative will be successful.

Students who have done a significant amount of writing in their high school course work, including a meaningful research paper, and have a robust schedule of courses, are generally prepared to write on the college level, he said. The number of students needing remedial writing instruction at SUNY Delhi has seen a slight decline, he said. While many students are not ready to perform at a college level in math, a four hour, three credit course has been helpful in addressing those needs.

Oneonta City School District Superintendent Joseph Yelich said he has not had an opportunity to study the test results. 

“While the scores may be disappointing we are not taking them lightly,” he said. 

Students scored 33 percent in ELA and 25 percent in math, according to an analysis of the state release. A comparison to 2012 scores indicate a decline similar to Sidney’s. It does not indicate a deficiency in teaching, he said, but a different kind of test on a new curriculum.

The administrative team will be strategizing on ways to improve student performance on tests as well as day to day skills. 

“It’s what we do in response that we will be assessed by,” he said.

At Morris Central School, Superintendent Matthew Sheldon said the scores are what he was expecting, but it still is disappointing. Overall, students scored 30 percent on ELA and 25 percent in math. That is a decline of 25-percent and 44-percent, while math declined 44-percent.

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