Paterson’s eleventh graders make double digit gains in PARCC exam | Paterson Times

Paterson’s eleventh graders make double digit gains in PARCC exam

A Picture of John F. Kennedy High School located in the 2nd Ward of Paterson

The number of eleventh graders meeting or exceeding expectations in the language arts and literacy portion of the PARCC examination increased by 10-percent in the 2015-16 school year, according to results revealed on Wednesday evening.

11-percent of eleventh graders met or exceeded expectations in the 2014-15. This number jumped to 21-percent in 2015-16 academic year.

Grades 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, and 10 saw single digit increases in the number of students meeting and exceeding expectations while grades 5 and 7 witnessed decreases in the literacy portion. Fifth grade dropped by 3-percent and seventh grade dropped by 2-percent, according to the results.

In mathematics third graders made the biggest gains with 7-percent increase in meeting and exceeding expectations. Grades 5, 7, and 8 saw no changes from 2014-15 to 2015-6. Students who took the Algebra 1 exam also registered no change in meeting and exceeding expectations.

Algebra II registered a 1-percent increase while Geometry spiked by 3-percent.

“I’m heartened by all of this, but I’m still a little concerned,” said school board member Jonathan Hodges. He asked whether the exam is capturing the academic performance of immigrant students in the district.

Students new to English do not take the exam in the first year, but do so the second year, responded Bari Erlichson, special assistant to the commissioner of education, who presented the exam results.

“I’m pleased by the trajectory,” said Erlichson. The number of students in the lowest two categories – not yet meeting and partially meeting expectations – dropped in every grade save for fourth grade which registered no change.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) places students in five levels. Those who landed on meeting and exceeding expectations levels are deemed “college and career ready.”

“This is a positive for us,” added board member Errol Kerr. Hodges worried cuts in school budget will adversely impact future results.

Hodges also wondered about the implication the governor’s proposed flat rate per pupil funding formula will have on exam results.

The district has a long way to go before it can celebrate. It is below the state average on every grade level in mathematics and language arts, according to the PARCC results revealed last night.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done,” said Erlichson.

Email: jay@patersontimes.com

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  • Wolf Krochmal

    What an atrocious sideshow and fraud. This just doesn't happen legitimately. Scratch the surface and one can undoubtedly find that the numbers are meaningless and misleading. Sorry Paterson, and all other districts, I am rooting for your success and you moight be doing fine work, but this is not how it works, and this testing game is distracting and therefore, destructive.

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  • MarquinhoGaucho

    The "CRAPP" (PARCC spelled backwards) test results are meaningless. Many students opted out and just put any old answer the first time because it was a test run and didn't matter, the same in other districts. Corey Teague correctly warned us about Christie's deal with Pearson and the mass diversion of funds to Pearson for this flawed test , a test that almost every other state has stopped using. Why are we still using it then, especially when the HSPA was perfectly fine. ?? Also since Paterson cant afford the extra millions spent on materials and technology? #1) iT EXTENDS ALL THE WAY TO 3RD GRADERS (do I need a test to tell me my 3rd grader isn't ready for college yet?) #2) Pearson made millions of taxpayer $ and Christie a nice kickback. #3) It is a horribly created test and Christie and Evans will try ti d anything to blame the teachers , destroy them and expand cheap charters run by , TFA kids with no experience and ex- cashiers with no certificates.