standardized test scores

 

State asks parents to comment on the proposed new state learning standards

September 21, 2016

NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia is asking parents and teachers throughout the state to comment on the proposed new standards.

"The past several years have brought a lot of changes to classrooms across New York State. I know that more changes need to be made, and I thank you for your patience," she wrote. "As teachers and parents, you know best what our children need to help them aim higher. I value your expertise and advice."

Click here to read the draft standards

Click here to comment on the draft ELA standards

Click here to comment on the draft math standards

State standardized test results released; growth in proficiency seen statewide and at Scotia-Glenville

july 29, 2016

Saying that the English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics exams taken by students in April are not directly comparable to the previous exams, the state Education Department today said that the percentage of students in grades 3-8 scoring in the proficient level (Levels 3 and 4) had risen for both the ELA and mathematics exams.

Statewide, on the ELA exam, 37.9 percent of students scored as proficient, up 6.6 percentage points from 31.3 in 2015. On the math exam, 39.1 percent of students scored as proficient, a 1 percentage point increase from 38.1 in 2015.

At Scotia-Glenville, the increases were more dramatic: on the ELA exam, 42 percent of students scored in Levels 3 and 4 this year, up from 33 percent last year. On the mathematics exam, 47 percent of students scored in Levels 3 and 4, compared with 40 percent last year.

Here are Scotia-Glenville's districtwide results for the ELA exam (PDF) and mathematics exam (PDF)

Check here for the school-by-school comparison, which also showed increases in the numbers of students scoring as proficient on the exams.

“I’ve always said that tests must be diagnostic, valid and reliable while providing timely and practical information to parents and teachers," said Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa. "We made important changes to the assessments this year and we’re going to continue to look at ways to make them even better moving forward. While it’s not possible to make direct comparisons of this year’s results to past years, I’m cautiously optimistic the changes we’re making will drive improvements in teaching and learning.”

SED made several changes to the 2016 ELA and math exams that the state says makes them difficult to compare withi the 2015 exams. These changes included: starting with a new test vendor with a contract that required greater teacher involvement; reducing the number of questions on every grade 3-8 ELA and math assessments; and allowing students who are productively working to complete their exams.

In addition, SED released more test questions than ever before and earlier than ever before to support instruction. Further, when parents receive their child’s school reports later this summer, they will see that they are easier to understand and provide more information on how their child performed.

 

High opt out numbers make information suspect

In addition, as was the case last year, a large number of students "opted out" of taking the exams. According to state data, approximately 78 percent of eligible students across the state participated in the 2016 ELA and math tests (meaning 22 percent did not take the tests in 2015), which is relatively flat compared to 2015’s 80 percent (meaning 20 percent did not take the test in 2015).

At Scotia-Glenville, according to state information, those numbers are higher - 39 percent of students refused to take the ELA exam and 39 percent refused to take the mathematics exam in April. In 2015, 34 percent of students at SG opted out of the ELA exam and 39 percent opted out of the mathematics exam.

Such high figures at Scotia-Glenville makes it difficult to make decisions and provide services based on these exams. The state exams are part of the puzzle; teachers know students who are struggling and plan to provide additional help in the coming school year - whether they took the state exams or not.

When studying the information, district officials prefer to see fewer students in Levels 1 and 2 and more students in Levels 3 and 4. By and large, these results for Scotia-Glenville show that trend to higher scores by the students who took the tests.

Here is the statewide testing information from the state: http://www.nysed.gov/news/2016/state-education-department-releases-spring-2016-grades-3-8-ela-and-math-assessment-results
http://www.nysed.gov/news/2016/state-education-department-releases-spring-2016-grades-3-8-ela-and-math-assessment-results

 

A multi-year approach to changing the state tests

This year’s changes to the tests are part of a multi-year process that started with the Board of Regents’ Test Improvement Report in June 2015 and then solicited feedback from parents, teachers, administrators and students. The process included making recommendations as part of Governor’s Task Force and presenting the final changes to the Board of Regents in December 2015. SED implemented the changes in time for the spring 2016 exams.

While the content of the 2016 tests and last year’s tests are comparable and similarly rigorous, it is not possible to make direct comparisons of the 2016 results to prior years’ results because of changes to the tests this year. The 2016 results are valid and reliable indicators of student proficiency in the tested grades and subjects.

The standards are designed to better prepare children for the requirements of college and the work place after they graduate. The goal of the new standards is to help students better develop skills and gain exposure in the areas that matter most in the world that awaits them after graduation. The result is that students are being asked to learn new skills, concepts and different ways of approaching questions and solving problems. The new standards are reflected in an updated curriculum in the schools and are now reflected on state exams.

 

Scores released today for Scotia-Glenville: 2016

Today, these district-wide scores were released for Scotia-Glenville. The numbers are the percentage of students whose test scores fell in that particular level at all schools in the school district. The mean scale score represents the average score achieved by all students taking the exam at that grade level. The mean scores were similar to the figures from 2015.

The tests are still scored using the range from a high of Level 4 to a low of Level 1:

Level 4 scores mean that students "excel in the state standards" for that grade level.

Level 3 means that students are "proficient in the state standards" for that grade level.

Level 2 scores mean that students are "not proficient in the state standards" for that grade level (partial but insufficient)

Level 1 scores mean that students are "well below proficient in the state standards" for that grade level.

In every grade and on both exams, a higher percentage of students scored in Levels 3 and 4 - showing proficiency or higher of the material - than in 2015.

 

English Language Arts results - 2016 (2015 results in parenthesis)

Grade LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 LEVEL 4 Mean Scale Score  
3 - 129 students 19.0% (34.4%) 29.0% (35.7%) 47.0% (25.5%) 6.0% (4.5%) 315  
4 - 135 students 21.0% (25.2%) 31.0% (40.0%) 27.0% (24.5%) 21.0% (10.3%) 312  
5 - 132 students 30.0% (28.9%) 33.0% (37.1%) 24.0% (22.6%) 13.0% (11.3%) 305  
6 - 149 students 30.0% (31.5%) 39.0% (41.5%) 19.0% (17.7%) 12.0% (9.2%) 295
7 - 98 students 35.0% (32.4%) 33.0% (32.4%) 16.0% (32.4%) 16.0% (2.9%) 301
8 - 94 students 13.0% (36.2%) 26.0% (25.5%) 39.0% (27.7%) 21.0% (10.6%) 316

 

Mathematics results - 2016 (2015 results in parenthesis)

Grade LEVEL 1 LEVEL 2 LEVEL 3 LEVEL 4 Mean Scale Score  
3 - 128 students 21.0% (28.9%) 27.0% (33.6%) 30.0% (25.0%) 23.0% (12.5%) 310
4 - 143 students 20.0% (21.2%) 31.0% (38.4%) 25.0% (26.7%) 24.0% (13.7%) 312  
5 - 126 students 19.0% (21.7%) 28.0% (30.9%) 31.0% (30.9%) 22.0% (16.4%) 319  
6 - 139 students 18.0% (27.0%) 41.0% (30.6%) 22.0% (24.3%) 19.0% (18.0%) 308  
7 - 98 students 22.0% (24.7%) 34.0% (34.6%) 30.0% (29.6%) 14.0% (11.1%) 312  
8 - 46 students 20.0% (31.8%) 41.0% (42.4%) 23.0% (22.7%) 7.0% (3.0%) 306  

Results above include out of district students in grade 8.

The mean scores indicate that half of the students scored above that figure and half scored below. The maximum scores on the ELA exams vary by grade, ranging from a maximum score of 419 on the grade 6 exam to a 395 on the grade 8 exam. On the mathematics exam, the highest top scores would range from 416 on the grade 5 exam to 401 on the grade 3 exam.

 

ImageState plans changes to the standardized exams in English Language Arts and  mathematics that students will take in April

March 4, 2016

Students in grades 3-8 will be taking the 2016 exams in English Language Arts and mathematics on April 5-7 and April 13-15, respectively.

The state has announced several changes: greater involvement of educators in the test development process; exams will have fewer questions; students will be given as much time as they need to complete the tests; moratorium on the use of grades 3-8 ELA/math test scores in teacher and principal evaluations; release of more test questions; and a new testing vendor.

Click on the image at left to learn more about the state changes.

Advanced Placement exams allow students to earn college credit while in high school

February 25, 2016

This is the time of year that students are planning their middle school and high school schedules for the upcoming school year. Here is information about the Advanced Placement (AP) offerings (administered through the College Board) at Scotia-Glenville, beginning with the September 2016 semester:

Scotia-Glenville High School is committed to offering a wide array of AP Courses taught by well-trained teachers, based on the belief that participating in challenging high school courses is the best way for students to prepare for success in college and career. Read more HERE

Students can take many paths in middle school and high school at Scotia-Glenville

February 25, 2016

Gone are the days when all students take the same classes at middle school and high school.

Today, there are opportunities for advancement along the way, a way to challenge students to reach their level of excellence. For example, Scotia-Glenville offers several Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities.

Check out the various paths students can take in the four main subject areas: English Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Read more HERE

 

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Response to Intervention (RTI)

Response to Intervention (RTI) is a process used in schools to provide well-designed instruction, closely monitor all students' progress and provide additional instructional supports to students who are not meeting grade level expectations. Read more here (PDF).

 

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Higher standards will boost college and career readiness

The bottom line is that while we all put importance on a given year’s test results, the larger purpose of education is making sure that students have the skills, knowledge, and experiences they need to be successful in life. We continue to be committed to this goal and to preparing our students for the increasingly competitive world.

State officials emphasize that fact: these new standards will ultimately strengthen instructional programs and that the 2013 exams will serve as a baseline of student performance for us to build upon in future years.

Here is an overview of the testing program and anticipated results from the New York State Board of Regents' July meeting - http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2013Meetings/July2013/StandardSetting.pdf

“Every time a college freshman takes a placement exam that first month on campus, he or she is being tested against the very expectations in the Common Core," wrote NYS Education Commissioner John King.

"Every time a high school graduate faces a daunting task on a challenging job (from the welder applying knowledge of fractions to the electrician reading the National Electrical Code), he or she is being tested against the Common Core. And quite frankly, our students are not doing well enough on those real world tests. Only about 35 percent of our students graduate with the skills and knowledge necessary to be called college- and career-ready.”

Educators across New York are watching the results carefully because the standardized student scores and growth in student improvement from one year to the next will become a component (at least 20%) of their annual state-mandated principal and teacher evaluations (APPR) in the future.

Many felt the implementation of the Common Core standards was rushed in New York. They argued that teachers did not have adequate time to prepare new curriculums and class lessons and that students' knowledge bases should have been incrementally built over a period of time.

Despite the change in standardized testing, the state Education Department has taken care to ensure the testing process is done as fairly as possible and to ensure that students and educators will not be adversely affected by changes in the design of state tests. The state-provided growth scores for teachers and principals (to be distributed later this fall) will be based on year-to-year scale score comparisons of similar students, all of whom experienced the new state tests for the first time at the same time in 2012-13.

Hence, the teacher/principal growth scores will result in similar proportions of educators in each of the four HEDI categories (highly effective, effective, developing, and ineffective) in 2012-13 compared to 2011-12.

As always, feel free to contact your child’s teacher or principal if you have questions about the state exams or the new standards. In addition, please visit http://engageny.org/parent-and-family-resources for a variety of materials relating to the Common Core Learning Standards.

 

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New York State Regents exams

Scotia-Glenville results


Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) I

Mean Scores Critical reading Mathematics
Scotia-Glenville  509  527
New York State  485  499
United States  497  514

Scotia-Glenville High School Profile (PDF) - information about the most recent graduating class that is used when transcripts are sent to colleges this year.

 

Graduation information

Here is graduation and post-graduation information from the most recent class.


Advanced Placement exams allow students to earn college credit while in high school

This is the time of year that students are planning their middle school and high school schedules for the upcoming school year. Here is information about the Advanced Placement (AP) offerings (administered through the College Board) at Scotia-Glenville, beginning with the September 2016 semester:

Scotia-Glenville High School is committed to offering a wide array of AP Courses taught by well-trained teachers, based on the belief that participating in challenging high school courses is the best way for students to prepare for success in college and career. Read more HERE

 

Students can take many paths in middle school and high school at Scotia-Glenville

Gone are the days when all students take the same classes at middle school and high school.

Today, there are opportunities for advancement along the way, a way to challenge students to reach their level of excellence. For example, Scotia-Glenville offers several Advanced Placement (AP) opportunities.

Check out the various paths students can take in the four main subject areas: English Language Arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Read more HERE

 

Advanced Placement Courses Offered

  • Chemistry

  • Biology

  • Calculus AB

  • Calculus BC

  • Economics

  • English Literature & Composition

  • English Language & Composition

  • Physics Psychology

  • Statistics

  • US History

  • World History

 

Number of students taking AP courses: 131

Percent scoring a 3 or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) final exams
Advanced Placement (AP) students earn college credit by enrolling in certain courses in high school. The credit is accepted by many colleges.

Last year, 121 Scotia-Glenville students were enrolled in AP courses and took 197 AP exams (some students enroll in more than one AP course). Of the 121 students, 99 of them (82%) received college credit. Students must receive a 3 or higher to receive the college and school credit. Students who receive a score or 2 or 1 receive school credit only. Figures below show the percentage receiving a score of 3 or higher on the exams offered:

Biology: 71.4%
Calculus AB: 30%
Calculus BC: 85.7%
Chemistry: 73.1%
Micro
Economics: 81.2%
English Literature and composition: 72.7%
Psychology: 65%
US Government and Politics: 100.0%
US History: 80.8%
World History: 62.1%

 

Percent receiving college credit through the University in the High School (UHS) program in 2012.
University in the High School (UHS) students earn State University of New York college credit by enrolling in the following courses though Schenectady County Community College.
In 2012, 388 Scotia-Glenville students were enrolled in UHS courses and 340 of them (87.6%) received college credit. Students must maintain a C average in the course to receive the college credit. Figures below show the percentage of students who received UHS college credit for those courses:

Schenectady County CC
Business Law: 84.5%
CISCO IT Essentials (fall): 91.3%
CISCO IT Essentials (spring): 100.0%
CISCO CCNA Discovery Program: 88.9%
Intro to Computers
: 93.8%
Entrepreneurship: 73.3%
College French 4: 70.6%
College French 5: 100.0%
College Spanish 4: 80.6%
College Spanish 5: 100.0%

Introduction to Drawing: 100%
Math 12 (Pre-Calc): 87.5%
Statistics (fall): 62.5%
Statistics (spring): 100.0%

 

University in the High School (UHS) students earn State University of New York college credit by enrolling in the following course though SUNY Cobleskill. Figures below show the percentage of students who received UHS college credit for the course:

Child Growth/Development: 100%

 

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