POTSDAM - When doing her annual report to the school board on the districts school report card, high school Principal Joann Chambers noted the results were two-years old and did not yet include the results of new tests that conformed to the Common Core.
Our tests havent changed and our curriculum hasnt changed yet, but its coming, Ms. Chambers said, noting that when the state releases a schools report card the data reported there is from the previous year.
Were going back more than a year here, she said. As you know the school report cards are delayed a year.
The report card also includes data on graduation rates.
Ms. Chambers said that for students entering high school in 2007, 92 percent ograduated in four years as members of the class of 2011. Five-year data that goes back to students who entered high school in 2006 shows that 96 percent of students had graduated within five years. Both of those graduation rates are well above the state averages of 77 percent and 80 percent respectively.
You may say our graduation rates are great, but its the about four students who didnt graduate, Ms. Chambers said. Thats four too many as far as Im concerned.
One of the things Ms. Chambers said the district does in order to help ensure students graduate is encourage them to attend BOCES.
Students who attend Seaway Tech almost always graduate on time, she said. If we can get them through 10th grade and get them into a program at Seaway Tech, then we know well be home free.
Reviewing the 2012 test results, Mr. Chambers began with the Comprehensive English Exam, where 100 percent of the districts students passed, 62 percent scored an 85 or higher and 97 percent scored a 65 or higher. Statewide,90 percent of students passed, but only 36 percent scored an 85 or above, with 82 percent scoring a 65 or higher.
The district also achieved a 100 passing rate on the integrated algebra exam, 23 percent of students scored an 85 or higher and 94 percent scored a 65 or higher. Statewide, those numbers were 88 percent, 17 percent and 71 percent respectively.
The district had a 99 percent passing rate in Geometry, while across the state 87 percent of students passed. The district also exceeded state averages with 95 percent of students versus 74 percent earning a 65 or high and 48 versus 26 percent earning an 85 or higher.
One of the more difficult Regents offered by the state is the Algebra 2/Trigonometry exam.
This is a test that trips up a lot of students, Ms. Chambers said, adding the district is now allowing some students to take that course over a two-year period. Those students havet taken the exam yet.
As for the students who did take the test, 94 percent passed, with 87 percent earning a 65 or higher and 35 percent earning an 85 or higher versus 78 percent, 64 percent and 25 percent respectively across the state.
In Global History & Geography, 96 percent of Potsdam students passed versus 82 percent across the state. More than half of students, 57 percent versus only 27 percent statewide, scored an 85 or higher and 85 percent scored a 65 or higher. Statewide only 69 percent did so.
Students from Potsdam taking the U.S. History and Government exam outpaced the state average 98 to 87 percent, with 93 percent scoring 65 or higher versus 79 percent across the state. Fifty-nine percent of students scored an 85 or higher versus only 41 percent across the state.
The Living Environments Exam saw Potsdam students achieve a 98 percent passing rate versus 90 percent for the state, with 60 percent scoring an 85 or higher and 96 percent scoring a 65 or higher. Across the state those numbers were 33 percent and 79 percent respectively.
The Earth Science exam proved to be the toughest test for Potsdam students in 2012, but with a passage rate of 92 percent, they still easily bested the state average of 85 percent. Eighty-three percent of students scored a 65 or higher versus 73 percent across the state and 33 percent earned an 85 or higher, slightly below the statewide total of 35 percent.
On the Chemistry exam 100 percent of Potsdam students passed with 90 percent scoring a 65 or higher and 37 percent scoring an 85 or higher. Those numbers outpaced students from across the state with 92 percent passing, 78 percent earning a 65 or higher and 21 percent earning an 85 or higher.
The district also had impressive results on its Physics exams, where 100 percent of students scored a 65 or higher and 50 even scored an 85 or higher. Statewide 90 percent of students passed, with 79 percent scoring a 65 or higher and 34 percent scoring an 85 or higher.