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The Dansville Online
  • Keshequa talks about latest New York state Math/ELA scores

  • Student scores on state Math and ELA?results is intended to be a reflection on the teaching standards for a local school district.


    For districts across New York state, scores came in lower than last year due to a drastic change in the scoring method — after students had already taken the test.

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  • Student scores on state Math and ELA?results is intended to be a reflection on the teaching standards for a local school district.
    For districts across New York state, scores came in lower than last year due to a drastic change in the scoring method — after students had already taken the test.
    This was certainly no different for Keshequa. Compared to the 22 districts within the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership (BOCES) region, Keshequa’s third graders ranked 19th with 49 percent meeting proficiency levels.
    Fourth graders ranked last in ELA, with 37 percent meeting or exceeding proficiency.
    In math, third and fourth graders ranked last with 38 meeting or exceeding standards in third grade; and 46 percent meeting or exceeding standards in fourth grade.
    At next month’s board meeting, the board will hear the district’s five-year instructional plan on how to get to where it needs to be, Donald Covell, Keshequa’s new Superintendent said.
    “I’m not so concerned about how we got there,”?he said about last year’s scores, “but we are concerned about moving forward, thus the plan.”
    Kelly White, director of curriculum, said that the district’s five year plan will be designed to build upon itself and have a level of consistency K-12.
    “Coherance is the biggest piece for us,” she said. “We have a great opportunity ahead of us right now with the new standards coming out, the common core standards, because the give us really a nice plan...what exactly to do to move forward.”
    The Common Core Learning Standards is a set of national standards being implemented statewide and is, “the anchor that will raise the bar nationally,” White said.
    “I think it’s a great opportunity for all schools,”?Covell said about Common Core.
    Regarding the district moving forward this year, “we’re really planning to plan, finding our way, what kinds of things do we want to finalize and use when we hit the ground running with our five year plan,”?Covell said, stating confidently that within five years, “I absolutely predict that our scores will improve.”
    He and White complimented the teachers at Keshequa, and said they are very student-centered.
    The board meeting tonight, Oct. 7,will focus on the district’s Regents exam scores.

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