State Assessment Results Show Yonkers Continues to Outperform Big 4 City Results
State Assessment Results Show
Yonkers Continues to Outperform Big 4 City Results
Yonkers Public Schools continues to maintain academic growth in grades three (3) to eight (8) English Language Arts (ELA) and demonstrates progress across most subgroups in Mathematics on the New York State Education Department (NYSED) assessments. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada noted, “Elevating high-quality differentiated instruction in every school, in every classroom, every day, is our top priority which resulted in improvements by individual student subgroups in both ELA and Math. Our challenge is incorporating sustainable solutions for student success today and in the future. It requires years of quality data-driven instruction, sustained targeted professional development, as well as continued student academic, social, and emotional supports. And, that requires stable revenue and support from all stakeholders for Yonkers Public Schools.”
Yonkers Public Schools embraced Computer Based Testing (CBT) districtwide last year for State assessments; the largest district in the State to take on the challenge. Over 12,000 students in grades three (3) to eight (8) were tested using CBT in both ELA and Math. According to Dr. Quezada, “For more than five years online testing in our schools has been successfully accomplished. We were ready for districtwide CBT. Throughout last year, we worked collaboratively with NYSED and administered a districtwide pretest pilot to assess our readiness as well as Questar’s ability to deliver seamless test administration. Based on the pilot, Yonkers was prepared and ready for the spring assessments. Although there were technical challenges due to Questar’s CBT ELA administration, it has not dissuaded Yonkers’ commitment to districtwide CBT and we will continue to champion and support NYSED’s initiative for statewide CBT.”
Currently, Central Office and school administrators are working with teachers analyzing the data, examining subgroup results and realigning professional development and student supports.
Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez noted, “The steady academic progress our students are making is a testament to the work and commitment of our administrators, teachers, support staff, and more importantly, the hard work of our students with the support of their families. NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia applauded Yonkers Public Schools as a leader in educational technology in the state. It is reassuring when the Board’s initiative to move our schools toward 21st century learning receives recognition. The Trustees commend Dr. Quezada and his team.”