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Babylon Schools' State Test Scores Go Up

Babylon Schools' state test scores saw increases in almost every grade and subject last year.

State test scores throughout Babylon Schools were on the rise last year as the school district continued to improve upon many areas of learning, include math and language arts scores.

Third Grade's English-Language Arts (ELA) scores saw one of the largest increases, with 73 percent passing the state test, over 13% higher than 2011's class. Third Grade Math also jumped some six percentage points to 77% in 2012.

One of the few grades to see any decline in scores was the 2012 Fifth Grade class, whose ELA scores dropped 3 percentage points from the year before and Fourth Grades' math scores dropped 2 percentage points from the previous year. The Fifth Grade class, however, improved upon their scores from the year before as fourth graders, picking up 11 percentage points in that time.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Daniel D'Amico credited the district's teachers and staff for the continued climb in scores. He said the district would continue working on the devlopment and implimentation of state mandated Common Core State State Standards, use of Smart Board technology in the classroom and expanded time for ELA in 7th and 8th grades.

2012 State Test Results (by percentage passing)

English Language Arts Math Grade 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 3rd 65 61 73 71 69 75 4th 75 59 63 66 75 83 5th 65 73 70 65 70 77 6th 77 77 79 89 82 87 7th 51 65 66 70 80 84 8th 85 55 71 74 72 78

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