On September 26, the NYS Education Department released the results of its Grades 3-8 English language arts and math assessments, which were administered at public schools statewide this past spring.
Overall, Troy City School District saw an increase in English proficiency from 26.2 percent in 2017 to 28.4 percent in 2018. Math proficiency improved from 20.4 percent to 26.5 percent.
The number of Troy CSD students scoring at proficient level has steadily increased each year since the first year the tests were administered in 2013.
While the proficiency rates for both math and ELA are below the overall statewide figures, when compared to other high needs districts across the state, Troy CSD is exceeding statewide averages.
During the October 3 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent John Carmello reviewed the data and goal for the 2018-2019 school year:
The number of students overall and for each subgroup measured for accountability achieving proficiency on Grades 3 – 8 ELA and math scores will increase as follows, for the next five years:
- 20 percent of our students who score at Level 1 will improve to Levels 2, 3 and 4 the following year.
- 20 percent of our students who score at Level 2 will improve to Levels 3 and 4 the following year.
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Dr. Donna Watson discussed the District action plan for achieving that goal. School leaders will continue to provide professional development opportunities for staff so that they can meet the needs of students. The District will continue to use data to inform them of areas in need of improvement.
She also detailed NYSED’s Tenants of Practice as they relate to the Troy City School District.