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Rye Schools Test Above the Curve

RYE, N.Y. – Students in the Rye City School District tested above the county average, according to test results released Tuesday by the state, however parent Aaron Silverstein doesn't feel it represents much."Honestly, I think the overall testing system in New York isn't very good," said Silverstein, who has a six-year old daughter at Osborn School and a 14-year old son in boarding school.

Silverstein said he feels that standardized testing doesn't reflect what a student has learned. Regardless, the test are required by the state.

In both English Language Arts (ELA) and math, students are given a score of one to four, with three considered meeting the proficiency standard and four exceeding it.

Across the state, 64 percent of students tested at proficiency or higher for ELA and 70.1 percent for math. Rye averaged 85.4 percent for ELA and 90.7 for Math."It's nice that Rye is above average," said Silverstein. "But there needs to be more focus on supporting students who are struggling."

Silverstein said he feels that his son, who was formerly enrolled in Rye Middle School, wasn't getting the attention he needed to excel."The system is good if your child is doing good," he said. "And there's a lot of help if your child is doing really bad, but kids in the middle of the road are overlooked."

Silverstein added that overall Rye schools are good, but test scores shouldn't define that.For a full breakdown of scores for each grade level visit: www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/pressRelease/20110808/home.html . What do you think about the value of standardized testing?

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