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Mt. Vernon Holmes School Among Best In State For Black Student Performance

A review of Mount Vernon schools did not fare well in comparison to the rest of the state.
A review of Mount Vernon schools did not fare well in comparison to the rest of the state. Photo Credit: File

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – The Holmes School in Mount Vernon was ranked eighth in the state in black student performance by the New York Campaign for Achievement Now (NYCAN).

NYCAN gave report cards to all 4,700 New York State public schools. Each school was graded in student performance, subgroup performance, achievement gaps and high school graduation rates, based on data from the 2010-2011 state assessments.

As a district, Mount Vernon's elementary schools didn’t fare as well as the Holmes School. Students earned a C-minus grade from the NYCAN, with an overall score of 52.5, seven points below the state average. The subgroup – which comprises the average of low-income, black and Latino students that are proficient in reading and math – got a C-plus grade, and the achievement gap – the difference between minority and white students’ proficiency – got a C-plus grade.

The numbers were also less encouraging at the middle school level. Students at that level earned Ds in both student performance and subgroup performance. Students earned a score of 30 for performance, compared to a 53.5 state average. The middle school shined in achievement gap, earning an A grade.

At the high school level, students performed near state levels with a score of 59, with the state average at 79. The district was among the worst in the state in regards to graduation rate, with a D-minus grade.

The NYCAN used test results from fourth and fifth grade testing to gauge elementary schools, seventh and eighth grade test scores for middle schools and the results of Regents exams for the high schools.

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