The results are in from spring 2017’s New York State Mathematics and English Language Arts examinations, and things are looking UP for New York City’s students.
As announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña, City students are continuing to make gains on the State’s standardized exams for grades 3–8. Following spring 2017’s administration of State exams, 40.6 percent of students met the State’s proficiency standards in English, a 2.6 point increase from last year (38 percent).
NYC students also saw improved proficiency standards on their math exams, as 37.8 percent of students met the State’s math standards, a 1.3 percentage point increase from last year. In addition, City students’ proficiency rates in both the State’s math and ELA exams improved across all ethnic groups.
Since 2013, the percentage of City students proficient in English has increased by 54 percent; likewise, in the same span of time, the percentage of City students proficient in math has increased by 27 percent.
“These improvements over the past four years represent painstaking work – student by student, classroom by classroom, and school by school. It’s steady progress towards a stronger and fairer system for all,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio when discussing this year’s test results. “We are focused on building on these gains and others – such as the highest-ever high school graduation rate – to deliver equity and excellence for every public school student across the City, no matter their zip code.”
In addition to the aforementioned improvements, this year’s State exam results revealed that:
- For the fourth year in the row, English results improved in each of the City’s 32 Community School Districts across all five boroughs.
- Last year, for the first time since standardized testing was put in place for all grades in 2006, City students eliminated the gap with their State-based peers in English. This year, City students widened the gap with their State peers on the English exam, and now outperform them by 1.4 points.
- City students also slightly outgained their State peers in math, shrinking the gap from 4.8 points to 4.2 points.
- Renewal School students made outsized gains in English and math compared to students citywide; a 3.2 percentage point increase in English vs. a citywide increase of 2.6 points. Likewise, Renewal students increased their math scores by 1.5 percentage points, as compared to the citywide average of 1.3 percentage points.
- About 4% of City students opted out of the State’s 2017 English exams and/or math exams. In comparison, about 19% of students opted out of the testing process statewide.
“Our students’ performance on these exams represents sustained growth across every demographic group and every borough, and it’s one more measure on which New York City schools are the strongest they’ve ever been,” said Chancellor Carmen Fariña. “It is important to celebrate our progress – and thank the educators and school staff, parents and families, and students themselves who made this possible – but we need to keep making progress and pushing towards Equity and Excellence for All. We’re hard at work building on our progress to do even better for our students, families, and the City’s future.”
To learn more about the City’s 2017 State Math and ELA test results, visit the City’s website.
Parents who would like to see their children’s State exam results should log into their NYC Schools Account for details. Remember: State test scores are just one measure of a child’s ability that schools and families can use to understand student progress. Parents and families who have any questions about their children’s State exam results should speak with their principals, parent coordinators, and teachers after the new school year begins on September 7.