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White Plains School Board Discusses Test Scores

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The White Plains School Board will be working with teachers to improve certain academic areas after analyzing the New York State standardized tests scores that were released in July.  “We are working on disaggregating the data further to see where our strengths are and how we can help teachers where there are some weaknesses bump up the performance so the kids can perform at higher levels,” said Superintendent Chris Clouet. “We think we can do that.”

The numbers were broken down into elementary, middle and high school. They were also compared to districts within the Sound Shore region and broken down by students with different ethnic and income backgrounds.

One goal of the board will be to “reduce the achievement gap between kids of color and kids of European descent,” said Clouet.

The results show that white students outperformed black and Hispanic students in the fourth-grade math and English Language Arts (ELA) tests from 2010 to 2012. The board analyzed the total passing percentage for levels three and four of the test.

The first two levels indicate a student is below proficiency, while a student at level three meets the proficiency standard and a level four student exceeds it.

For the fourth-grade ELA test, the results show that white students scored 80, 78 and 82 percent in 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively, and Hispanic students scored 38, 43 and 48 percent. Black students scored 36, 53 and 48 percent, the results show.

When it came to the fourth-grade math test, white students scored 85, 83, and 89 percent in 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively, and Hispanic students scored 48, 60 and 59 percent. Black students scored 46, 50 and 52 percent, the results show.

White Plains had 56.7 percent of students in grades three through eight meet or exceed the proficiency standard on the ELA test and 67.42 percent meet or exceed the proficiency standard on the math test. While both averages are just more than one point higher than last year's scores , both fall below 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.

“We have to see what we can do different so that all kids are achieving at the same level and that’s our goal for every child – to achieve to their potential,” said board president Rosemarie Tonge-Eller. “We will continue to break down the data and look at ways of doing things differently – being innovative and teaching so that our students can absolutely command difficult aspects.”

Test results are available in a variety of formats on the state Education Department website .

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