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Briarcliff School Test Scores Beat County Averages

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Students in the Briarcliff School District scored higher on average than students throughout Westchester County, according to recently-released test score data from the New York State Education Department.

The mean scores exceeded both state and county scores from third grade through eighth grade in both English and math. Test scores are divided into four levels: level one scores indicate a student's score is below standards. Level two scores mean students meet basic standards. Level three scores mean students have met proficiency standards. Level four students have exceeded proficiency standards. More than 60 percent of students in the Briarcliff Manor School District met and exceeded proficiency standards across all grades in English. Roughly 60 percent exceed math proficiency standards from fourth through eighth grade.

According to the state, 55.1 percent of all students in grades three through eight met or exceeded proficiency standards in English language arts (ELA) and 64.8 percent of all students in grades three through eight met or exceeded proficiency standards in math.

“We’re building a ladder, grade by grade, to college and career readiness," Commissioner John B. King Jr. said in a press release . "These results are a small, positive sign of growth, but not enough of our students are climbing as steadily as they should be. Next school year, we start to implement reforms to make that ladder strong enough to support all our students as they climb toward college and career readiness.”

King added that the state education department and school districts have been working throughout the year to prepare for implementation of the Regents Reform Agenda. Next year, new college and career ready standards will be introduced and a rigorous new fair and transparent teacher and principal evaluation system will start to be implemented, according the release.

There are positive signs in the numbers but there are many negative signs, said Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch in the release.

“Too many of our students, especially students of color, English Language Learners and special education students, are currently not on a course for college and career readiness,” Tisch said in the release. “That’s why we are continuing to press forward with critical reforms to ensure all of our kids are ready for college and careers.  In the fall we will begin to phase in a new, more challenging, content rich curriculum and continue to press for the implementation of a rigorous teacher evaluation system in every district across the state."

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