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October 18, 2012

Student test data reveals strengths weaknesses

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“You can see we generally score very high in this area,” Gorman said. “That is not a reading test though. There are students that can get that test read to them, so for the most part what that is letting you know is what the students actually know about science. It is really a good example of what the kids really know about a certain subject.”

Regents exams are scored on scaled scores, according to Cring.

“It is not as cut-and-dry as looking at third grade or fourth grade,” he said. “Some of the examinations have a really hard scale score while others have a rather easy scale score. A really good example of that would be the living environment course. You can see the pass rates in that class are very high every single year. This past year, 100 percent of our students passed the living environment Regents examination. The state average is 74 percent.” 

English is another subject where CCS students tend to do well, according to Superintendent C.J. Hebert. 

The scores dropped off a bit in 2011, but have remained in the 90th percentile from 2009 to 2012. The state average has remained in the lower 80th percentile range, according to the data.

The 2012 state data was not included, but according to Hebert, if the trend continues to remain in the 80 percentile, CCS will be way above the state average in both proficiency and mastery.

The more difficult exams, according to Cring, are physics, chemistry and algebra II/trigonometry. However, he pointed out that data showed CCS students scored higher than the state average in every course where a Regents was given. Mastery levels were also very much above the state average in many cases, he added.

Hebert said scores have gone down since the district decided to require every student taking a Regents course had to sit for the exam. The state requires students to take a certain number of Regents exams, but students do not have to take every one offered or even have to pass them all to graduate, according to Hebert.

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