Elementary schools across the city delivered uncharacteristically low results in this year’s reading exams– a shift which, according to DNAinfo, is “pegged to new, tougher federal standards.” Helping us make sense of these numbers is Tom Goodkind, accountant and former public school parent whose collection of yearly data has been turned into an interactive and user-friendly Elementary School Ranking Guide by DNAinfo.
The guide is based on fourth-graders’ scores on the state’s 2013 English Language Arts test. The exam is one of the most important factors in middle school admissions, and last year, our schools did quite well. Here’s how we fared this year:
PS 39: 77.08% passed; ranked 1st in district, 8th in city (84.5% in 2012)
PS 321: 73.91% passed; ranked 2nd in district, 11th in city (92.2% in 2012)
PS 107: 68.29% passed; ranked 3rd in district, 17th in city (88.6% in 2012)
Though the passing rate dropped significantly across the board, our District 15 schools actually rose in citywide rankings. Most remarkably, PS 39–leading the district with 77.08% passing– leapt from its citywide ranking of 45th in 2012 to this year’s 8th.
Still, it’s important to remember that test scores provide just one method of ranking in a sea of other, equally representative characteristics. What do you parents consider when choosing a school? How much weight do you place on test results?
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