SOMERS, N.Y. - The New York State Department of Education has released the results of the math and English Language Arts (ELA) exams taken last term by all students in grades three through eight.
The results were based on levels: level one indicated a score below standard. Level two met basic standards, showing a not-quite-complete understanding of the subject matter. Level three met grade expectations and level four exceeded expectations.
In all cases, the mean scale scores for math in Somers exceeded the overall scores for Westchester County. At least 75% of students met the expected standards for their grades or did even better. More than 50% of fourth, sixth and seventh graders scored at level four.
In the ELA exams, Somers students again exceeded the County figures in the mean scale scores. In every grade at least 70% of the students met grade standards or exceeded them. ELA scores at Level four were low compared to math scores. The average of all students who achieved the level four standard was about 8%. The average of all students who achieved the level three standard was just over 68%.
The Daily Somers asked a few parents how they feel about the education their children are receiving. Pauline DalCeredo, with children going into eighth and fourth grades, said, The school district does an excellent job with general education. If theres a child who needs individual attention in terms of enrichment, they do a good job. Of course, theres always room for improvement. She added, People move to Somers for the schools. I grew up in Somers and later I returned to raise my children here. The school system is even better now than it was when I was a kid.
Laura Parisi, whose children are entering fourth grade and second grade, said, They must be doing something right because both my children love to read.
Tamara DelVecchio, the parent of twin girls going into third grade, said, They really emphasize reading. Math not so much. The school is better in dealing with different reading levels than math. I do a lot at home, so its hard to tell.
Rashi Puri, whose two daughters attend Somers schools, said she feels that interschool competitions are important. With globalization our children will be increasingly competing in a flatter world, she said, while calling for, aggressive focus and participation in math and science competitions such as Mathcounts and science fairs. This will not only improve our rankings in the county but will improve the overall readiness of our children for the new world we all live in.
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