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North Salem Students Exceed Standards

NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- The New York State Department of Education has released the results of the math and English Language Arts (ELA) exams taken last term by all students in grades three through eight. In all six grade levels, North Salem students exceeded the overall scores for Westchester County in both subjects.

The results were based on Levels: Level One indicated a score below standard, level two met basic standards, showing a not-quite-complete understanding of the subject matter, level three met grade expectations and level four exceeded expectations.

According to the state’s results, at least 75 percent of North Salem students met the expected standards for their grades or did even better. More than 50 percent of sixth and seventh graders scored at level four. 

In the ELA exams, in every grade at least 70 percent of the students met grade standards or exceeded them. ELA scores at level four were low compared to math scores. The average of all students who achieved the level four standard was about six percent. The average of all students who achieved the level three standard was almost 72 percent. 

Asked about her opinion of North Salem schools, Valerie Lanyi, who moved here from Port Chester three years ago and has children going into eighth and sixth grades said, “The North Salem schools really force the kids to work. They give everybody the opportunity to do well and get extra help when they need it. The teachers look at it as a direct reflection on them. They keep in touch with the parents so we know what the kids are working on.”

She added, “Testing has become very important in some places. It has become the focus of the classroom and it takes away from the learning opportunities for the kids. They don’t do that in North Salem. I’m very happy.”

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