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Canton students exceed most state test scores


CANTON -The percentage of Canton Central School students in grades 3-8 who passed last year’s state math and English assessments exceeded the state average on 10 of the 12 tests.

Also, Canton students surpassed state averages on all 12 high school Regents exams given during the 2010-11 school year, the most recent statistics available for Regents results.

School Superintendent William A. Gregory shared the outcomes with the Board of Education at the board’s Sept. 6 meeting. They are also available on the district’s website:

“We excelled in English language arts across the board,” Mr. Gregory said.

The district is close to meeting its short-term objective of exceeding the state average in all assessment areas.

Last year, it was only the fourth and eighth grade math assessments where Canton earned slightly lower than state averages. At Canton’s McKenney Middle School, 60 percent of the eighth graders scored a 3 or 4 on the test, compared to the state’s 61 percent passing average. In fourth grade, 68 percent of Canton students passed the math test compared to the 69 percent statewide average.

Last year’s eighth grade class - now ninth graders - has been more challenging in terms of meeting academic benchmarks, Mr. Gregory told school board members.

“This particular cohort has had a little more difficulty,” Mr. Gregory said.

Special Programs Coordinator Michele Meyers said the freshman class has more than 30 students who required individual educational plans, known as IEPs.

“We do have a lot of needy students in that grade,” Mrs. Meyers said.

Also, 73 percent of the 116 high school students who took advanced placement exams last school year scored a 3 or higher on the exams. Also, 18 Canton students qualified as advanced placement scholars for 2011-12 school year for achieving a score of three or better on at least three advanced placement exams.

The following shows 2010-11 Regents exams results with the percentage of Canton students passing compared with the statewide passing average:

*English, 95 percent Canton; 83 percent state.

*U.S. History, 97 percent Canton; 83 percent state.

*Global Studies, 89 percent Canton; 70 percent state.

*French; 96 percent Canton; 95 percent state.

*Spanish; 100 percent Canton; 95 percent state.

*Algebra; 90 percent Canton; 72 percent state.

*Geometry, 88 percent Canton; 73 percent state.

*Trigonometry, 67 percent Canton; 65 percent state.

*Living Environment, 100 percent Canton; 78 percent state.

*Earth Science, 92 percent Canton; 74 percent state.

*Chemistry, 77 percent Canton; 73 percent state.

*Physics, 96 percent Canton, 82 percent state.

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