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Bronxville School Officials: Student Achievement Remains High

The Bronxville School District's college enrollment remained steady compared to previous years, district officials said recently.
The Bronxville School District's college enrollment remained steady compared to previous years, district officials said recently. Photo Credit: Courtesy Bronxville School District

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. -- Bronxville Superintendent of Schools David Quattrone said the school district's college enrollment patterns are consistent with previous years.

Quattrone gave the Bronxville Board of Education an overview of student performance on a variety of indicators, including college matriculation, Advanced Placement exams, the international PISA for Schools, and New York state assessments during the board's August meeting, according to a press release.

"Of last year's graduates, 52 percent matriculated at the most competitive colleges and universities in the nation, with 89 percent attending post-secondary institutions in the top three tiers," according to the release. "Advanced Placement scores continue to be very strong. This past year, 229 students took 515 exams, with 89 percent achieving a qualifying score (3 or better). This figure compares with 67 percent across New York state and 61 percent internationally."

The release also noted the PISA for Schools assessment, administered to 15-year-old students in 2012, also shows "excellent results, notably in reading: Bronxville students outperformed similar schools in the US and exceeded the international benchmark established by Singapore in 2009."

Bronxville schools also followed the same decrease in scores this year as seen in other districts around the state, according to the release.

"The drop reflects the new Common Core curriculum standards, different tests, and new cut-off scores, " representatives said in the release. "Bronxville followed the state pattern, and board of education members were quick to focus on middle school mathematics. Quattrone responded by describing actions already taken to address these concerns, including a revamped program in grade eight."

The school district introduced the Singapore mathematics program to the elementary school last year, according to the release, "which is aligned with the Common Core. Implementing the Common Core will be a major objective this coming year. It will take time, he said, for teachers to get familiar with the changed content and the new tests."

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