Catholic Schools Report Big Gains in Test Scores
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York report that their student scores on state exams have again grown significantly over last year in both Math and (ELA), surpassing those of New York State and City schools, and most charter school averages.
Recently-released scores for 2018 from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for grades 3-8 reflect 50% of students met or exceeded proficiency standards in Math, and 55% in ELA. These levels represent a rise from 2017 of 7.1 and 6.3 percentage points, respectively (see charts below).
“This fourth consecutive year of improved test scores, surpassing the gains of city and state schools, speaks volumes about our students’, principals’ and teachers’ determination to succeed,” said Dr. Timothy McNiff, Superintendent of Schools in the Archdiocese of New York. “I am proud of our schools’ accomplishments and gratified to see their hard work translate into tangible success.”
Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York have maintained this level of excellence through the support and leadership of His Eminence Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, in concert with the talented and dedicated principals and teachers in every school building. Recent enhancements to data-driven instruction, highly-focused professional development and a strong team of academic support staff continue to push the school system forward.
Innovations in Blended Learning and Technology-Enhanced Teaching; Partnerships to Bolster STEM Education; and Early Childhood Education have helped sustain and improve the academic excellence that has come to define our Catholic school system.
As for our outstanding high schools, our data shows 99 percent (up from 98 percent last year) of our seniors graduate, and 99 percent go on to enroll in post-secondary education.