August 28, 2013
Interpreting scores for the NYS assessments - a
letter from the Superintendent
Dear Students, Parents and Hilton Central School District Community Members:
As you may be aware, we recently received the grade level
results for the New York State ELA and Math Assessments
given to students in grades 3-8 this past school year. The
State Education Department has repeatedly indicated that
student results would be much lower state-wide on these
assessment compared to years past due to the implementation
of the Common Core Standards in both areas. Hiltonís
results, along with those for the state and region, do show
a significant decrease in the number of students who scored
proficient in grades 3-8.
Our district and teachers provide every child with
outstanding learning opportunities to maximize the potential
of each learner. Hiltonís graduation rate consistently
exceeds 90 percent and over 80 percent of our graduates go
on to college. As an organization, we continue to maintain a
tradition of excellence.
We have begun to analyze the initial results and use the
data as a tool for improvement. As we strive to develop a
context for interpreting these results, we will provide
updates on our findings to students, parents and the
We have been told that that the state will make individual
student scores available by early September.
The district will notify parents of each childís
performance after the individual results are known.
We know that fewer students demonstrated proficiency
on these assessments compared to previous years and want to
prepare you for this fact.
confident that our teachers and students will use these
assessment results as a data point for improvement and
growth. This single measure tells us that we have to
continue to focus on fully implementing a curriculum that
the state recently adopted. We are committed to learn what
we can from these results as we continue to make these
important shifts while supporting the great work already
being done by our staff. Look for progress reports
periodically as we work together to maximize the potential
of each learner.
Below, please find
resources provided by the state that may be helpful in
understanding these results.
We look forward to another exciting school year together.
Superintendent of Schools
Interpreting 3-8 ELA & Mathematics Tests, Results, &
How do I talk to
my children about the test results?
from Commissioner of Education John B. King, Jr. to parents
Parents Backpack Guide to the Common Core