PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – Pleassantville Union Free School District students in grades three through eight remained above Westchester County averages, according to results released Tuesday by the New York State Education Department.
Students’ test scores fall into one of four categories. The first two indicate a student is below proficiency. A student at level three meets the proficiency standard, while a level four student exceeds it.
Pleasantville had 84.6 percent of students in those grades meet or exceed the proficiency standard on the English language arts (ELA) test, and 91.4 percent meet or exceed the proficiency standard on the math test. Both figures are above the county-wide averages.
In all of Westchester County 65.96 percent of the students scored at or above the proficiency standard on the ELA tests and 73 percent scored at or above the proficiency standard on the math tests.
Statewide, test scores were on the rise, as 55.1 percent of third- through eighth-graders met or exceeded the ELA proficiency standard and 64.8 percent met or exceeded the standard in math.
"There is some positive momentum in these numbers," said Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch in a release. "But 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."
John B. King Jr., commissioner of the state Education Department, said the tests will get even harder in 2013 when the the department implements the Regents Reform Agenda, which includes new college- and career-ready standards and a new "fair and transparent teacher and principal evaluation system."
Test results are available in a variety of formats on the state Education Department website.