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SLC superintendent says school’s improving Common Core test scores are a ‘good start’

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BRASHER FALLS - The recently released 2014 Common Core math and English language arts scores for grades 3 through 8 showed a marginal improvement for St. Lawrence Central School students, and school officials said this week the results are a good start.

The exams were taken in April and are graded on a 1 to 4 scale - a 3 meaning proficient and a 4 signifying excels standards.

For math, the percentage of students to pass with proficiency are shown as follows (with their BOCES rank in parentheses):

- Grade 3 - 41 percent (8th)

- Grade 4 - 19 percent (13th)

- Grade 5 - 24 percent (7th)

- Grade 6 - 51 percent (1st)

- Grade 7 - 21 percent (10th)

- Grade 8 - 7 percent (14th)

For ELA, the percentage of students who scored at a proficient level or better are shown below:

- Grade 3 - 18 percent (9th)

- Grade 4 - 18 percent (13th)

- Grade 5 - 21 percent (7th)

- Grade 6 - 16 percent (13th)

- Grade 7 - 25 percent (7th)

- Grade 8 - 19 percent (10th)

“As you can see, the heaviest lift when you compare the two is certainly ELA. Many schools are slow to show significant improvement in ELA,” Superintendent Stephan J. Vigliotti Sr. said. “But of all of these 12 levels, if we combine third grade ELA through 8 and math 3 through 8 - if you combine those - 75 percent of our cohorts made some type of improvement. Some it was a little percentage or 2 percent of having kids more proficient, however it’s an improvement.”

Mr. Vigliotti stressed the importance of teachers continuing to help students improve their scores and for students to learn not to make excuses.

“Again, I think this is a good start. It’s encouraging to me. I know teachers have worked very, very hard, but in reality the work that teacher leaders and the principals and we will be doing this year is an extension of that, to try to continue that constant cycle of improvement,” he said. “Overall, I’d say this is very encouraging and again the credit would have to go to the staff and the principals. They’ve done a lot of hard work.”

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