NYSASBO Releases Report "Spring 2017 ELA and Math Results Show Enduring Resource and Achievement Gaps"
Today NYSASBO released an analysis of spring 2017 results in English language arts and math. While student proficiency increased over 2016, troubling achievement gaps remain.
Proficiency rates in both ELA and Math are significantly lower in high-need school districts. For example, in high-need urban and suburban districts, 17.5 percent of students are proficient in ELA and 16.7 percent are proficient in math. However, in low-need districts 60.1 percent of students are proficient in ELA and 64.6 percent are proficient in math.
“Sadly, the findings of this research note are neither new nor unexpected. As long as the state ignores the inequities and flaws in the state aid formulas, the longer the achievement gaps will persist. A first step in addressing this inequity is to adopt the recommendations of our 2016 Foundation Aid Task Force, which called for using updated data, eliminating artificial caps on wealth and poverty, and identifying the real costs of educating ELLs and students with disabilities,” stated Michael J. Borges, NYSASBO Executive Director.