2010-08-13 / School News

Rockaway Schools 2010 Math Scores

Students are rated on a Level 1 to Level 4 basis. Level 1 denotes a student who is not meeting standards. Level 2 denotes a student just meeting standards. A Level 3 student is considered to be “proficient,” while a Level 4 student is far above standard. For the purposes of this test, those students who are on Levels 3 and 4 are considered “passing,” or “meeting standards.” Note how the percentage of passing students went up in most schools each year from 2006 to 2009, when the “cut score” – the number of correct answers necessary to reach a certain level – was decreased. This year, however, after lots of controversy, the state decided to raise the cut score, which significantly lowered the number of students in Levels 3 and 4.

Opponents of using reading scores to decide on firing teachers and closing “failing” schools point to the way the scores can be manipulated as a good reason for not following those practices.

Aerial view of Beach Channel High School. Aerial view of Beach Channel High School.

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I wonder where the weak link

I wonder where the weak link is here? The teachers, administrators, parents or is it popular culture/hip hop culture which looks down on intellect and studious dispositions?

I didn't mention the kids being the problem as it is they that have this dysfunctional system trust upon them. bigdon's parents had the only viable answer, if the system is wrong, then get out of it. Did the same with my kid and she made it to the Ivy League. Not hard to do in a way considering the epic amount of blithering idiots the public system is producing these days. Not exactly competition.

Well...I can't blame the kids

Well...I can't blame the kids when they have to attend school in alternate sessions because of the savages that also attend their schools. Thank God my parents took us out of Rockaway and the daily fights after class I had to endure. That got me out to the island and schools where people went to learn to be someone not just survive a day in Public School. I was able to serve our country for 8 years in the U.S. Coast Guard and 36 years of my own business servicing Big Screen televisions and High end electronics I never could have learned there with distractions of survival on my mind. Then again it did make me a great fighter but where's the future in that?

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