Because these scores supposedly create a new “baseline” for measuring student achievement, King asserted that they would not affect state aid for districts, nor would they negatively impact teacher and principal evaluations.
On a local level, test scores largely fell in line with the rest of the state. But in the Fayetteville-Manlius school district, more than half of all students met or exceeded the proficiency standard for both the math and ELA exams in every grade level except fifth grade math, with 49.4 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards.
In fact, F-M also had the top four highest percentages of students meeting or exceeding standards in Central New York. 83.1 percent of eighth graders and 88.2 percent of sixth graders at Eagle Hill Middle School met or exceeded the standard on their math tests and 79.8 percent of Enders Road third graders did the same on their math tests.
“Our staff members have adjusted our curriculum to better align with these new standards and will continue to do so based upon the assessment results,” said F-M Superintendent Corliss Kaiser. “We are proud to have such a dedicated and excellent staff. Any decrease in student scores should not be interpreted as a decline in student learning or teacher performance. Instead, we view this as a new baseline for the skills students need to be successful after high school. Our society needs citizens well-versed in critical thinking and problem solving – which are stressed in the new standards. While these skill sets have always been incorporated into our curriculums, the changes we have made will better prepare our students for the ever-changing world that awaits them.”
The Jamesville-DeWitt district, meanwhile, was well above the state average as well. 59.2 percent of its students met or exceeded the fifth grade math standards. And scores in the East Syracuse Minoa district were right around the state average, with 29.8 percent of fifth-graders meeting or exceeding state standards on the math exam.