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Byram Hills Standardized Test Results

August 18, 2014
New York State Department of Education released the data of the performance levels of the results in the 2014 English Language Arts (ELA) and Math assessments taken by students in 3rd to 8th grade.

Overall, Byram Hills students performed as expected, says Dr. Tim Kaltenecker, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction at the Byram Hills Central School District. Below are the percent of Byram Hills students by grade reaching Levels 3 or 4 on the 2014 state tests:


Grade 3 ELA - 65  Math - 76
Grade 4 ELA - 58 Math - 66
Grade 5 ELA - 68 Math - 73
Grade 6  ELA - 67 Math - 83
Grade 7 ELA - 57 Math - 76
Grade 8 ELA - 72 Math - 49

The second chart, below, shows the results of both ELA and Math tests from Byram Hills students of 3rd to 8th grade from 2013 to 2014. 

             New York State
     Education Department Data
          English Language Arts
        ELA Assessment RESULTS
Mathematics Assessments RESULTS
          2013 & 2014 GRADES 3-8
      Number Scoring at Level(s)

Byram Hills
Total Tested
  1  2   3
  4      %
Proficient
(Levels
3 and 4)
Byram Hills
Total

Tested
  1   2   3   4      %
Proficient
 (Levels
3 and 4)
2013 All Students
ELA
Assessment
 1,252
 111   347   404 
 390 
    63 2014 All
Students
ELA
Assessment
 1,162 
 88 
 326 
 406 
 342 
    64
Female     618    44  158  194  222     67 Female     563  30  131  203  199     71
Male     634    67  189  210  168     60 Male     599  58  195  203  143     58
General-
Education
Students
 1,098    43  281  388  386     70 General-
Education
Students
 1,014  22  261  391  340     72
Students with
Disabilities *
    154    68    66    16      4     13 Students with Disabilities *     148  66    65    15      2     11
2013 All
Students
Math Assessments
 1,255  103
 292  424  436     69 2014 All
Students
Math
Assessments
 1,041  75
 214
 343  409
    72
Female     620    46  156  218  200     67 Female     507  28  126
 164
 189
    70
Male     635    57  136  206  236     70 Male     534  47
   88
 179
 220
    75
General-Education
Students
 1,100    33  240  399  428     75 General-
Education
Students
    899  15
 164
 321
 399
    80
Students with
Disabilities *
    155    70  52  25      8     21 Students with
Disabilities *
    142  60
   50
   22
   10
    23

The test performance levels demonstrate students knowledge and skills by the New York Common Core learning standards. NYS Level 1 results demonstrate limited knowledge, while students performing at Level 2 are considered partially proficient but insufficient for the expectation at the grade level. Students performing at Level 3 demonstrate proficiency that are considered sufficient for their grade, while students performing at Level 4 have excelled at the grade level.

“Byram Hills students scored well above the overall state performance and in line with statewide trends,” says Dr. Kaltenecker. “We continue to perform in the mid-to high-90th percentile of districts across the state.”

The new tests are scored on a much harder scale than in the past, says Dr. William Donohue, Superintendent of Byram Hills Schools. “Under the old system, many of our students scored very high on the state tests, which made the tests less useful for instructional purposes.”

The students are actually learning more now than when they got higher scores, added Donohue. “Despite the frustration of a seemingly arbitrary state scoring system, the tougher scoring has the potential to help teachers better analyze students' strengths and weaknesses, and design lessons to address them.”

In 2014, New York State is in its fourth year of the 12-year Common Core phase-in. For the first time, the common core assessment results were presented as a comparison of all students who took the exam last year in 2013, along with the results presented for the same students from this year’s testing in 2014, when the students were at the next school year level. This year-to-year comparison measures student’s progress in rigorous learning standards. Students statewide made significant progress in math and slight progress in ELA assessments. Byram Hills test scores compared from 2013 to 2014 mostly reflects the progress of students statewide with the exception of the male students’ year-to-year decline of 3.3 percent on proficiency level in the ELA assessment, and the increase of 7.1 percent in the male general-education group for the math test results.

“Each year the teachers and administrators conduct a thorough analysis of the test results, in addition to local assessment data, in order to suggest areas for curricular changes,” says Kaltenecker. “Our goal is to provide rich learning experiences so every student meets the high expectations set by the state standards and our local curriculum.”


* Students with disabilities are those students who have been identified as such by the Committee on Special Education and are receiving services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.