Test results show students improving in math and English

Students showed gains in math and English statewide while New York City schools posted bigger one-ye

Students showed gains in math and English statewide while New York City schools posted bigger one-year improvements, according to results of standardized tests released today.

The results also show large segments of students continue to perform under the state standards created a decade ago to boost academic achievement.

The latest report shows that 81 percent of students in grades 3 through 8 met or exceeded the standard in math. That compared to 73 percent last year.

And 69 percent of students met or exceeded the English standard in those grades, up from 63 percent last year.

In New York City, 79.7 percent of fourth graders met the math and English standards compared to 52 percent a year ago. And 59.6 percent of New York City eighth graders met the standards. Just 29.8 percent met them last year, according to the office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

“Our students have made great progress in math and reading, building on the gains of recent years,” Bloomberg said. “Today, they are performing almost on the level of suburban districts, and we’re making continued progress closing the shameful achievement gap.

“We’ve changed the situation on the ground, creating the conditions necessary to transform our schools and classrooms and results for kids,” said city schools Chancellor Joel Klein. “We’ve set high standards, created strong academic interventions for struggling students, held schools responsible for results, and given educators the tools they need to assess how well they’re doing and how well students are progressing.”

Statewide, fewer students showed serious academic problems. Black and Hispanic students also continued to narrow an achievement gap with white students predominantly in suburban districts. Students with disabilities also continue to show gains, although at a low level.

“Closing the achievement gap is our constant target,” said state schools Chancellor Robert Bennett. “We cannot rest until achievement is up everywhere and the gap is closed for all children in New York state.”

Statewide, 53 percent of black students met or exceeded the state standard in English, up from 45 percent last year. Hispanic students showed almost the same gain.

Sixty-six percent of black students met or exceeded the math standard, up from 55 percent a year ago. Seventy-one percent of Hispanic students met that math standard for grads 3 through 8, compared to 61 percent a year ago.

The results of the tests, which were created to monitor how well schools are performing and to identify where students need help, are available on the state Education Department Web site at www.nysed.gov.

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