PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. New York State recently released its standardized test scores for third through eighth graders in math and English. Once again, Pleasantville Union Free School District was on par with past years' performances with a high percentage of students placing in the standard proficiency levels, especially in math.
On the math standardized test, Pleasantville Union Free School District had three grades with 90 percent of students in the standard proficiency level. In grade four, 93 percent of students met the proficiency level, up from 84 percent last year. In grade seven, 96 percent of students met the proficiency standard, up from 90 percent last year. And in grade eight, almost all students placed in the proficiency level, with 97 percent, slightly down from 98 percent last year.
In English, students tested significantly lower in grade three. In the 2009-10 school year, 91 percent of third grade students placed in the standard proficiency level. This year, only 76 percent placed in the same level, the steepest decline among any grade level in either subject. Grade four had the highest amount of students place proficiently in English, with 93 percent.
In order to place in the proficiency level, students must test within level three or four, with level four being the highest possible proficiency. Last year, the state raised the standard scores for each of the four levels in order to make it more difficult for a student to place in the standard proficiency level, and also to better reflect a student's academic achievements.
Pleasantville Union Free School District Superintendent Mary Fox-Alter was unavailable to comment Thursday as she was attending a mandated conference for the Annual Professional Performance Review, APPR. The APPR is a standardized plan to evaluate probationary and tenured teachers within the school district on their performances inside the classroom.
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