State 3-8 tests show some progress, emphasize needs
N.Y. (Aug. 23, 2016) -- City School District of Albany students in
grades 3-8 made some progress on the state English-language arts and
math exams this year – most notably at William S. Hackett Middle School.
However, the district’s overall results continued to show a need for
significant improvement district-wide.
On the ELA exam, 18 percent of
the district’s students achieved proficiency – scoring Level 3 or Level
4, the top levels in the state’s four-tiered grading system. That
represented a gain of 3 percentage points from 2015, when 15 percent of
the district’s students achieved proficiency in ELA.
In math, the percentage of
students achieving proficiency remained at 14 percent.
The district’s results
were similar to
the pattern statewide, where students gained 7 percentage points in ELA
(38 percent proficiency, up from 31 percent) and 1 percentage point in
math (39 percent, up from 38 percent a year ago).
Please visit the State Education
Department website for complete district and statewide data.
“While we are pleased to see
progress in some areas and grade levels, we know that we have much work
ahead of us to help all of our students succeed,” said Interim
Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D.
“We will be focused on those
efforts in 2016-17, with a particular emphasis on building our students’
skills in the earliest years of school so that they will be better
prepared for academic success as they get older.”
Hackett achieved the most
notable gains on this year’s state exams, and several other schools
experienced strong progress at certain grade levels as well.
One year removed from the
threat of a state takeover through the receivership law, Hackett had the
highest percentages of sixth-grade students achieving proficiency in the
city in 2016 – district or charter schools.
In ELA, 40 percent of Hackett’s
sixth-graders scored Level 3 or Level 4, up from 26 percent in 2015. In
math, 35 percent of the school’s sixth-graders achieved proficiency, up
from 18 percent a year ago.
Hackett’s eighth-graders also
had the highest rate of proficiency in the district at that grade level
in ELA, with 30 percent scoring Level 3 or Level 4. That compared to 19
percent in 2015.
Hackett was placed in
receivership last summer due to its persistently low student
achievement. However, the state announced in February that the school
would come out of receivership after the 2015-16 school year due to its
academic progress in 2014-15. This year’s progress accelerated that
Philip Schuyler Achievement
Academy will enter its second year in receivership in 2016-17. However,
the school showed improvement on the state exams for the second year in
Schuyler students in grades 3-5
showed gains in all grades and subjects except fourth-grade ELA this
year as compared to 2015. Over two years, Schuyler has improved at all
grade levels and in both subjects, most notably 14-point and 15-point
gains in third-grade ELA and math, respectively.
The largest single gain in the
district came in fourth-grade ELA at New Scotland Elementary School. The
proficiency rate increased from 25 percent in 2015 to 47 percent this
year. That was the district’s highest percentage of fourth-graders
reaching Level 3 or Level 4 in ELA.
These schools also experienced
double-digit gains (percent of students achieving proficiency in 2015
compared to 2016):
Fourth-grade ELA, 18 to
Fourth-grade math, 20
Sixth-grade math, 8 to
Third-grade ELA – 25 to
38 (tying New Scotland for highest in the district)
Third-grade math – 28
to 41 (highest in the district)
Fifth-grade ELA – 32 to
46 (highest in the district)
the district has structured its academic budget to support an increased
focus on the
childhood (prekindergarten-grade 2) and elementary levels,
social-emotional supports, special education and English as a new
also has revised its Student Code of Conduct to provide greater clarity
and consistency for students, families and staff, to provide more and
better support to help all students stay on track in the classroom, and
to end the disproportionate rate of suspensions for black students and
students with disabilities.
grateful to the Board of Education and to our community for supporting
our planned investments in these critical areas in 2016-17,” Dr. Wilkins
said. “We also will continue our efforts to provide professional
development to staff, and technical support and instructional resources
“We will work
collaboratively with our teachers to initiate new programs, implement
new curriculum and monitor each student’s academic progress.”
efforts to encourage parents, guardians and community members to be more
involved at school also will be an emphasis for the district.
school-sponsored events and parent-teacher conferences, meeting with
your child’s teachers, making sure that your child completes homework
and attends school regularly, and reading to your child at home are keys
to academic success,” Dr. Wilkins said.
our parents and guardians, as well as our community members, to be
active partners in our academic progress.”
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and prepare all students for
college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our
diverse community. The district serves
students in 17
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High