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Math and reading scores improve in city schools

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Mayor De Blasio and City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña applauded gains in reading and math scores on city schools, according to an article that appeared in The Staten Island Advance today (August 14). For more on the story visit http://www.silive.com.

"In 2014, 34.2 percent of students met proficiency standards in math, up from 29.6 percent last year, while 28.4 percent of students met the standards in English and language arts, including reading and writing, up from 26.4 percent in 2013," according to today's article in The Advance.The increase in scores came as no surprise to United Federation of Teachers' president Michael Mulgrew, a Staten Island resident, who had predicted the outcome earlier in the week.

"Although city scores rose, they still fell below state levels, which were announced earlier Thursday in Albany. Statewide, the percentage of students meeting proficiency standards in math rose to 35.8, from 31.2 the year before. In reading, the percentage of students showing proficiency rose a tenth of a percent, from 31.3 to 31.4," according to a statement by the state Education Department.

Last year, New York revised its exams to incorporate Common Core standards, a big initiative by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. As a result, there was a dip in scores, giving schools officials the ideas that students "were not yet on track for college and career readiness. "As a result, the state legislature voted to prohibit school districts from using the test scores as the sole criteria for promotion," added today's Advance.

According to De Blasio: "Students, parents, principals and teachers across this city are working hard to reach the tough new standards set for them. Every parent knows their child's education is about more than any one test."

"What these latest results show us is that we're making progress and we have a lot of work ahead of us. That's why we are making foundational changes to lift up students in every school -- from more after-school academic enrichment for middle- schoolers, to more professional development for our teachers, to helping kids enter school at grade level through pre-K for all -- we'll be collaborating with school communities across the city to help them excel," he said to the media.

"The improved scores we see today are a reflection of the progress we've made in aligning our instruction with the rigorous standards. Our work, and our progress, is only the beginning," Ms. Fariña added in a statement. "The department has redoubled its efforts, and with this much stronger focus on professional development and instructional practice, student outcomes will continue to improve, leading to greater college and career readiness as we move forward," according to Ms. Fariña.

For more on this exciting story visit http://www.schools.nyc.gov to learn more about better scores in the Common Core math and english test. "New York City students improved across all ethnic groups, with more students meeting the State’s bar for proficiency in both math and English. English Language Learners and special education students also showed gains," added The New York City Department of Education in a statement.

“Students, parents, principals and teachers across this city are working hard to reach the tough new standards set for them. Every parent knows their child’s education is about more than any one test. What these latest results show us is that we’re making progress and we have a lot of work ahead of us. That’s why we are making foundational changes to lift up students in every school, from more after-school academic enrichment for middle schoolers, to more professional development for our teachers, to helping kids enter school at grade level through Pre-K for All. We’ll be collaborating with school communities across the city to help them excel,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“I am pleased with the improved performance of our elementary and middle schoolers on the State ELA and math tests,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “The improved scores we see today are a reflection of the progress we’ve made in aligning our instruction with the rigorous standards. Our work, and our progress, is only the beginning."

Families can learn more about the tests and view their child's test results through their ARIS parent link or reach out to their child's school, added The New York City Department of Education, in the statement to the media. Staten Island teachers and parents tell us your opinions about improved math and english scores? Examiner welcomes your comments and feedbacks!

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