Diocese of Ogdensburg

The Roman Catholic Church in Northern New York

New York State Testing 2012-13
Catholic School Results on New York State Assessments – Exceeding the Standards
Sister Shirley Anne Brown SSJ, Assistant Superintendent of Schools

What do our children in our Catholic Schools know and what are they able to do? In the world of good educational practice, assessment is an integral part of every lesson regardless of grade level. However, periodically there are those benchmark assessments in which we have the opportunity to compare overall progress against objective criteria such as New York State Standards and Diocesan Curriculum. Such an opportunity exists for the Catholic Schools when they participate in the New York State Assessment program both in the Grades 3-8 testing and the High School Regents . Our students’ participation in this testing program provides us an opportunity to evaluate our students’ performance compared to their peers in New York State. It is also a source of solid data for on-going educational program planning in individual schools.


The Catholic Schools of the diocese have made the transition from the New York State Standards of 2006 to its updated standards of 2012, sometimes referred to as the Common Core. The Common Core offer us an in-depth view of the content/skills needed by our students. For further information on the Catholic Schools participation in the common core, please go to our National Catholic Education webpage at http://www.ncea.org/news/catholic-schools-and-common-core-state-standards .

“How well are they doing?” is a question commonly asked of school personnel by parents and our many parish supporters   Like many across our Catholic Schools in our State, the message is mixed. Our scores were certainly lower than we are accustomed to and give us data we need to help our students reach the 21st Century Skills they will need for success. On the other hand, we are pleased that we remain ahead of the curve with strong programs that already reflect the content and skills required of the updated standards.   The numbers under the subject areas represent percent of students scoring proficiency on the State exams in 2012-2013 school year as compared to the Public School results over the 5 counties represented by our schools: Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson and St. Lawrence

 

 

Catholic School Test Results

   

2012-2013

   
 

Diocese of Ogdensburg

Northern Counties

 

Number of

       
 

Students

       

Grade

Tested

ELA

Math

ELA

Math

3

170

34

36

22

24

4

163

28 

28

21

26

5

160

36

26

22

18

6

164

45

35

27

20

7

81

41

34 

28

18

8

97 

57

32 

31

16

In regard to the Regents exams for our High School students, historically, our passing rates are equally impressive compared to State averages. Although the State average results are not yet available for the current year, you can find the results for the 2011-2012 school year under the Regents tab. The Middle School Language Proficiency as well as High School Languages no longer have an assessment or Regents produced by the State. Our students must pass a local exam approved by the high school Language teachers.


The Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Ogdensburg welcome this benchmark opportunity as one tools to assess student progress and our educational programming. The successful results are due in no small part to the efforts of the professional expertise of our teachers and administrators who provide a seamless program that balances standards, instructional process and assessment. The same high level of educational programming and assessment is applied to our Early Childhood Programs grades Pre-K to 2 and most importantly, to the overall instruction and integration of the knowledge and lived expression of our Faith, our Church and the Person of Jesus who is the foundation and rationale of our entire educational program.