This story was updated at 3 p.m.
PELHAM, N.Y. The Pelham Union Free School District had a positive reaction to the English language arts (ELA) and math test scores released Tuesday afternoon by the state Department of Education, which showed Pelham students scoring higher than the county and state averages.
A majority of Pelham third through eighth-graders reached or exceeded proficiency levels as 86.3 percent achieved a level of three or four in math while 84 percent earned that mark on the ELA. Both scores were up from last years 82 percent and 85.8 percent in ELA and math, respectively.
Throughout the county, Pelham was 18 points higher than the 65.96 percent of students who scored at level three or four in ELA and 13 points higher than the 73 percent who reached or exceeded the proficiency standard in math.
The first two levels indicate a student is below proficiency while a student at level three meets the proficiency standard and a level four student exceeds it.
The next step in the process will be for me to work with the building principals and supervisors to gain a deeper understanding of our performance at the district, building and individual student level, said Peter Giarrizzo, assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and personnel.
Pelham students far exceeded other students statewide with 86.3 percent at level three or four in math compared to the states 64.8 percent and 84 percent at level three or four in ELA compared to the states 55.1 percent.
Overall, the state saw an increase in the number of proficient students as the scores went up from 52.8 percent and 63.3 percent in the ELA and math, respectively.
Giarrizzo was pleased that results of the tests, which the students took in the spring, were released early.
We can engage in thoughtful planning during the rest of the summer and structure instruction that will both remediate and enrich the learning experiences of all of our students, said Giarrizzo, who added that district is still reviewing the information.
Students individual scores are expected in late August or early September. Test results are available in a variety of formats on the state Education Department website .
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