HASTINGS, N.Y. -- The State Education Department released the results of the math and English Language Arts exams taken by New York students in grades three to eight. According to the reports, released Tuesday, the Hastings-On-Hudson Union Free School District had higher percentages of passing scores than the Westchester County average at every grade level.
The exams were taken in May 2011, and results show that statewide exam scores in English were slightly lower than last year in every grade. Results from the math exams are relatively the same as the year before. The department said that the majority of students statewide met or exceeded the state's proficiency standards on both exams, but overall performance remains low. With statewide numbers slightly down, parents were still optimistic for improvement.
"Everybody's getting too wrapped up," said Patty Nusser, of Hastings. "There's always room for improvement.
In the state school reports, students are ranked from one to four, with one being the worst and fourth being the best. Students who received a three or a four are considered proficient or better.
The following percentages of Hastings students were considered proficient or better in English, followed by the county average:
Third grade 83.1 percent (county average 66.4 percent)Fourth grade 82.8 percent (68 percent)Fifth grade 72.7 percent (64.5 percent)Sixth grade 87.7 percent (66.5 percent)Seventh grade 75.1 percent (59.2 percent)Eighth grade 74.8 percent (59.2 percent)
The following percentages of Hastings students were considered proficient or better in math, followed by the county average:
Third grade 68.3 percent (county average 86.1 percent)Fourth grade 74 percent (90.8 percent)Fifth grade 72.7 percent (77.9 percent)Sixth grade 69 percent (84.2 percent)Seventh grade 70.5 percent (84.4 percent)Eighth grade -- 65.9 percent (77.8 percent)
Still, if grades were to dip in Hastings though, parents say they have confidence in the local schools in the village.
"If that's the trend, then hopefully we'd nip it, but I have faith that this school district will do it," Nusser said.
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