Testing is one of the ways student progress is measured, and the data from the 2019 Grades 3-8 Assessments and Regents exams show Vikings making progress.
In August the New York State Education Department released results for last spring’s E L A (English Language Arts) and math assessments for students in grades 3-8. Comparing the 2018 to 2019 measures show our students’ continued achievement:
- E L A test participation increased from 81% to 89%
- Math test participation increased from 80% to 94%
- E L A proficiency increased from 13% to 21%
- Math proficiency increased from 24% to 35%
- Proficiency overall in E L A increased by 8%
- Proficiency overall in math increased by 11%
“I’m really proud of everyone in our organization,” Superintendent Rob Berson said at the public Shared Decision Making meeting held earlier this week. “It’s a credit to all the hard work everyone has been doing. This achievement is also a credit to a focus on processes combined with the authenticity of each person within the organization.”
A meeting participant asked if Mr. Berson attributes the improvement to hard work or the fact that more students are taking the test. “The increases that we’ve realized aren’t attributable to any one thing but it is a combination of factors. Yes, having more students take the tests is a factor, but we’ve also had consistent curricular programming in Kindergarten through 8th grade for the last three years, consistent instructional coaching for three years, and our strategic planning has helped. There is a higher level of collaboration happening in our district than in previous years. This entire process is a team effort that also includes providing staff in their respective areas with resources they need to do their jobs.”
Student achievement in rigorous outcomes and Regents exams is also notable.
“Otselic Valley Central School has established, through the strategic planning process, performance measures to be achieved over the next three school years,” Mr. Berson explained. “One of the performance measures is related to high school graduates achieving rigorous outcomes, which can include the advanced designation diploma, college credits, and technical endorsements.
“In 2018, students achieving rigorous outcomes increased from 59% to 79%.”
Students taking Regents exams also showed gains. Among the 16 D C M O B O C E S component school districts, Otselic Valley had proportionally the highest number of students passing the English and the Algebra 2/Trigonometry Regents exams. Otselic Valley was also proportionally second in the number of students both passing and proficient in the Living Environment Regents exam.
“The progress made over the 2018-2019 school year goes beyond achievement outcomes for students,” Mr. Berson affirmed. “It is an excellent starting point as we seek to achieve or exceed the performance measures established in the Otselic Valley Central School District Strategic Plan.”
Links to Otselic Valley's 2019 E L A and Math Assessment data: