District sees progress, need for significant improvement
in 2011-12 ELA and math results
ALBANY, N.Y. (July 17, 2012) --
City School District of Albany students showed
progress in many areas on the 2012 state ELA and math exams, but this
year’s results indicate that significant work remains to be done to
raise achievement for all students, said Superintendent Raymond
District-wide, 36 percent of
the district’s students in grades 3-8 achieved Level 3 or Level 4 in
ELA, increasing from 34 percent in 2011. In math, 40 percent achieved
Levels 3-4, up from 39 percent last year. The district’s modest gains in
both areas mirrored the statewide trend.
“Two facts are clear in our district’s state test
results again this year – we are making some progress and seeing
evidence that our efforts are making a difference for our students, yet
we also see that we have a long way to go,” Dr. Colucciello said.
“We will continue to move forward with initiatives
we have in place to assure additional progress so that we can achieve
our goal of college and career readiness for all of our students.”
The district’s efforts will continue to focus on
three main areas:
– The district will continue its work to better align its curriculum
to the state’s standards for grades 3-8.
Data-driven student analysis
– The district has placed an increased emphasis on using data for
meaningful interim assessments that provide updates throughout the
school year on where students need more support. This emphasis will
continue as an important tool to help identify student needs early
and address them before they become more significant roadblocks to a
student’s chance of success in school and in life.
– The district will continue to support teachers and administrators
to help them develop the skills necessary to better engage all
students in the classroom.
The district’s most notable gains were in fourth
grade, where students posted marked gains in both ELA and math. Students
also made notable progress in seventh-grade ELA, sixth-grade math and
However, the district also saw declines in grade 3
ELA and grade 8 math. Additionally, the percentage of students achieving
proficiency in grade 8 ELA also remained flat at just under 25 percent.
to download the district's full results in .pdf format. You
visit the New York State Education Department website for additional
information, including statewide results.
"As a school district and as a community, we need to
continue to focus on raising achievement for all students,” Dr.
Colucciello said. “Our Board of Education, staff, students, families and
community partners are working hard to succeed in our mission and need
to know that their combined efforts are moving us forward. We will
continue those efforts in the year to come.”
The mission of the City School District of
Albany is to educate and nurture all students to be
responsible citizens, critical thinkers and lifelong learners to
successfully compete in the global community by providing an
academically rigorous and safe environment in partnership with parents,
students and the community. The district serves about 8,600
students in 15
elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood
schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as
well as other innovative academic opportunities for students,
including four themed academies at Albany High