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Queens Chronicle

State exam results show city uptick

Nearly half of students are proficient

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Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2019 10:30 am | Updated: 12:29 pm, Thu Sep 5, 2019.

The latest state exam results show that New York City students, grades 3 to 8, are nearing 50 percent proficiency in math and reading.

Overall, the city’s schools reading scores are up slightly over last year but students made a big jump in math.

Reading scores showed 47.4 percent of students proved proficient in reading, up seven-tenths of a percent over last year.

Math scores, however, indicated 45.6 percent of students passed, compared to 42.7 percent last year.

City students were slightly ahead of the state as a whole.

After a major overhaul of the state exams two years ago, this was the first year since 2017 that tests could be reliably compared year-to-year.

The results were also considered notable because it was the first year that results could be seen for the children who started school under Mayor de Blasio’s Pre-K For All program in 2015.

An early start for more children had promised to increase the number of students who could pass the tests.

Racial disparities in the city, however, still show up in a big way.

The results show 35 percent of the city’s black students passed reading exams. Some 28.3 percent passed in math.

Hispanic students performed somewhat better.

Results showed 36.5 percent were proficient in reading and 33.2 percent passed the math exams.

Among white students, 66.6 percent passed reading exams. The same percentage passed math.

Meanwhile, PS 130 in Auburndale was the most-improved school in Queens, moving up 51 places in the city school ranking this year.

The elementary school at 200-01 42 Avenue is among the most sought-after by parents living in District 26, which covers Bayside as well.

It is also one of the smallest, with just 386 students.

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