MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. Eight of Mount Vernon's 11 elementary schools scored below state averages for proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and math, while both middle schools are way below the state average in state testing for the 2011-2012 school year.
State data released Tuesday showed that 40.7 percent of Mount Vernon students in grades three through eight were proficient in ELA, while 46.5 percent of those students were proficient in math. Statewide, 55.1 percent of students were proficient in English while 64.8 percent were proficient in math. Both numbers are up across the state from last year.
Four elementary schools posted figures that exceeded proficiency levels.
Holmes Elementary scored the highest in both ELA (64.4 percent) and math (74.6), while Pennington was not far behind with 64.3 percent of students at or above proficiency in ELA and 73.6 percent at that level in math. Lincoln and Traphagen also scored above proficiency, with 60.5 percent of students proficient in ELA and 68.2 percent in math. Traphagen scored 59.8 percent in ELA and 66.9 percent in math. Columbus School was proficient in ELA (60 percent) but was below proficiency (61.7 percent) in math.
"There is some positive momentum in these numbers," Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said in a press release. "But too many of our students, especially students of color, English Language Learners and special education students, are currently not on a course for college and career readiness."
Three elementary schools in the district were 20 points below proficiency. Graham scored the lowest in ELA proficiency (25.5 percent of students) while Edward Williams had the lowest math scores (32.6 percent).
Both middle schools, Davis and Longfellow, were below state averages in both categories. Just 28.6 percent of Davis students were proficient in ELA. while 26.1 percent were proficient in math. At Longfellow, 29.5 were proficient in ELA, while 41.4 percent were proficient in math.
Test results are available in a variety of formats on the state Education Department website .
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