CHATEAUGAY –– This year’s New York state report card made Chateaugay High School Principal Lori Tourville’s heart happy.
Her students surpassed state expectations in every category but one on Regents exams taken during the 2018-19 school year, according to data released by the state Education Department.
Students in grades 9-12 take Regents exams annually in several subject areas, though, when appropriate, eighth graders also take some of the exams. New York state’s report cards are part of the Board of Regents’ efforts to improve student learning, providing measures of school and district performance as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act. Data gained from the report card can be used to improve instruction and services to students.
“We are above the state everywhere,” Tourville said.
Overall, Chateaugay Central School outdid other northern Franklin County districts, with most students elsewhere performing at state expectations, or just slightly lower or higher than that benchmark.
A total of 219 students attended Chateaugay High School during the 2018-19 school year.
“What I concentrated on, are how many kids are at proficient levels,” Tourville said while presenting data to the Chateaugay Central School Board.
In English/language arts, 30 of the 33 Chateaugay students taking the exam reached proficient levels of 3 and above, meaning 91% were proficient, with 19 of them reaching level 5. Depending on the exam, proficiency levels are measured 1-4 or 1-5 for individual exams.
A total of 59 students took the algebra Regents, with 55, or 93% reaching proficient levels, compared to the state education department’s expectation of 71%.
“Algebra is tough,” Tourville said.
For the geometry Regents, 19 of the 22 (86%) students tested were proficient, compared to the state expectation of 70%. All 19 students who took the Algebra II Regents exam were proficient, while New York state expects 83% of them to reach those levels.
The state expects at least 73% of students taking the Living Environment Regents to be proficient, and at Chateaugay, that percentage was 96, with 26 of 27 students tested in that subject marked proficient.
Students in U.S. history and government exceeded the state expectation of 77% proficiency, with 91% reaching those levels, or 29 of 32 students tested. Ninety percent - with 31 total tested - of Global History and Geography II students tested were proficient, compared to the state expectation of 79%, and 87% of students tested in Earth Science, whereas the state expectation for proficiency there is 69%.
Students marked proficient in chemistry jumped nearly 10 percentage points past the state expectation of 73%, though in Global History and Geography only 25% of students tested were proficient.
“That is the only one that doesn’t look like it,” Tourville said, “but it was only eight kids who had failed it before.”
Franklin Academy High School students hovered right around state expectations for proficiency, give or take a few percentage points, in ELA, algebra, geometry, Living Environment, earth science, physics, and global history and Geography exams. That district enrolled 695 high school students during the 2018-19 school year.
Areas where Franklin Academy students fell below state proficiency expectations were chemistry –– where 50% of students were proficient, compared to the state expectation of 73%, –– and U.S. History and Government, where 60% –– or 98 of 163 students tested –– were proficient, compared to the state expectation of 77%.
At Brushton-Moira Central school, students were right around state expectations for proficiency in ELA, algebra, Algebra II, Living Environment, earth science, physics, Global History and Geography, and U.S. History and Government.
Twenty-one students took the chemistry exam, but only nine were proficient at 43%, compared to the state expectation of 73%. Of the eight students tested in Global History and Geography II, 88% were proficient, surpassing the state expectation of 79%, while only half of the students who took the geometry Regents reached proficient levels.
Salmon River Central School enrolled 469 students during the 2018-19 school year. Students were close to state expectations for proficiency levels, or slightly above or below, in ELA, Algebra I and II, Living Environment, Global History and Geography, and U.S. History and Government.
Eleven of the 12 physics students taking the exam were proficient, pushing them 10 percentage points over the state expectation, whereas the 79 of 133 tested in earth science that were proficient dropped that group 10 percentage points below state expectation. Students who took the chemistry exam were also 10 points below the state expectation of 73% (26 of 41 tested) proficiency.
Only 60 percent of students - 84 of 140 - were proficient in Global History and Geography II, compared to the state expectation of 79 percent.
At St. Regis Falls, 259 students were enrolled in high school during the 2018-19 school year. Students were right around state expectation for proficiency levels in ELA, Living Environment, Geography, and U.S. History and Government.
All 11 students tested were proficient in geometry; 15 of 17, or 88% were proficient in chemistry, compared to the state expectation of 73%; and students who took the algebra Regents rose above the state expectation of 71% by nine points. Only 8 of the 14 (57%) students tested in earth science were proficient, while the state expectation there is 69%.
Tourville contributed her students’ overall success to a joint effort by faculty and staff.
“I just think it’s awesome.”