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Report card: Schools in 'good standing'

TRI-COUNTY AREA—The New York State Education Department released its annual report cards about school districts covering the 2009-10 school year, Thursday, Feb. 17.
Penn Yan, Dundee, Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, and Hammondsport are all “In Good Standing,” meaning there are no major issues the districts have to address. The report cards cover Regents exam scoring, enrollment and graduation rates. The information also represents test scores for English Language Arts and math that were affected by the state’s changes to the scoring levels last year. New York made the proficiency levels harder to reach.
When it came to Regents, most Penn Yan students scored at or above 65. Most of the percentages also stayed the same when comparing the 2009-10, 2008-09 and the 2007-08 school years. In most cases if there were any fluctuations, then the number of students taking that test also changed.
For example, between the 2009-10 and 2007-08 school years, 23 percent fewer students passed the Mathematics B Regents exam. However, the total number of students taking that test dropped from 97 to 30 in the same time. With fewer students, any high or low score can easily affect the overall average.
Dundee, Watkins Glen, Odessa-Montour, and Hammondsport students taking Regents exams had similar results. The total number of students passing represented a majority of all those taking the exams.
In Watkins Glen, students taking the Global History and Geography Regents exam showed a marked improvement with little change in the number of students taking the test. In 2009-10, 82 percent passed the exam. This was up from 63 percent in 2007-08.
To view the report cards, click here.




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