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Catholic Schools Report Big Gains in Test Scores
The Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York are pleased to report that their student scores on state exams continue to improve, year-over-year, in both Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA). This successful year continues a now five-year trend in which Catholic Schools’ test scores outpaced those of New York State, New York City and most charter school averages.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently released test scores for 2019, and grades 3-8 show 53.7 percent of students met or exceeded proficiency standards in Mathematics, and 56.7 percent in ELA. These levels represent an increase from 2018 of 4.1 and 1.4 percentage points in the respective disciplines.
“This great news should come as no surprise to anyone following our schools’ performance in recent years. These scores are testament to the hardworking teachers and principals whose constant dedication to our students brings about these great results. What a wonderful way to begin the new school year,” said Mr. Michael J. Deegan, Interim Superintendent of Schools of the Archdiocese of New York. “Our students and their teachers should be very proud.”
Dr. Susan B. Miller, Associate Superintendent of Curriculum and Staff Development has been tracking the growth in Catholic schools’ test scores over the past half-decade, and she knows why that trend has been consistent.
“Our growth these past years, which has far outpaced comparable other schools, is a result of strong professional development that supported teachers in using data to individualize and personalize instruction for each of our students, with the goal of every student reaching grade level proficiency,” said Dr. Miller.
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 that 99 percent of our seniors graduate, and 99 percent of graduates go on to enroll in post-secondary education.