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Canton students exceed state passing rates on most tests


CANTON — The percentage of students in grades three through eight at Canton Central who passed state assessments exceeded the state’s passing average on eight of the 12 exams given last school year.

Superintendent William A. Gregory said Canton ranked high when compared with the 17 other school districts in the St. Lawrence-Lewis Board of Cooperative Educational Services region.

On the English language arts exams, Canton and Potsdam tied for first place in the BOCES region, while Canton came in first on the overall math results.

“That is a significant accomplishment,” Mr. Gregory said.

“I’m truly impressed with these results. You should be proud,” said Shannon D. Mattice, a school board member.

Last year’s tests were more difficult than in previous years because they incorporated the new national Common Core standards. Passing rates across the state were expected to be lower and they were.

“It was a very challenging set of assessments,” Mr. Gregory said.

On the English language arts exam, Canton students in grades five, six, seven and eight all scored higher than the state averages for those grades.

Children in grades three and four scored slightly lower.

On the math assessments, the percentage of students passing in grades three, five, seven and eight exceeded the statewide averages. Passing scores in grades four and six were lower than the state passing rates.

Canton also ranked first overall in the BOCES region on Regents exam results for the 2011-12 school year, the most recent year available. The district exceeded the state passing rates on trigonometry, living environment, Earth science, chemistry, U.S. history, English, global studies and geometry. The district tied the state’s passing rate for physics.

In other results, a high percentage of Canton high school students scored a 3, 4 or 5 on advanced placement exams taken last school year and 17 Canton students qualified as AP scholars for having achieved a score of 3 or better on at least three AP exams.

“We’re pretty proud of the number of AP scholars we’ve had over the years,” Mr. Gregory said.

The district’s graduation rate for the class of 2013 was 81 percent, which increased to 84 percent when summer graduates were included. The state standard is 80 percent.

“We’re on track as far as our outcomes,” Mr. Gregory said.

Last year, 92 percent of the senior class earned Regents or Advanced Regents diplomas.

The majority of last year’s graduates, 85 percent, are pursuing higher education. An additional 10 percent planned to seek employment while 4 percent joined the military and 1 percent had other plans.

The district’s Report Card results are posted on the meeting documents section of the school’s website:

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