Students in the Wantagh and Seaford school districts outperformed state averages on most subject assessments, according to district report cards that were recently released by the New York State Department of Education.
Both the Wantagh School District and the Seaford School District are described to be in “good standing” in terms of English language arts, mathematics, science and graduation rate, according to the report.
Science was particularly successful in both districts with 100 percent of Seaford fourth graders and 97 percent of Wantagh fourth graders meeting or exceeding standards on the state exams, according to the report. The state average of fourth graders meeting or exceeding standards on the science assessments was 88 percent.
There were some declines in the percentage of students meeting state standards on the math and English Language Arts exams due to some changes the State Regents implemented in how exams are scored. With the scoring changes, which were implemented two months after the tests were taken, students are required to answer several more questions correctly to receive a Level 3 score, which is considered a state benchmark to identify students who are meeting learning standards.
Both districts excelled in students graduating and attending college. At 98 percent of students received a regents diploma with 97 percent attending college. At 94 percent of students received a regent’s diploma and 94 percent attended college, according to the report.
"Although we realize that the results of the New York State Report Card are just one measure of student achievement, it is clear that our students are performing at some of the highest percentages in the county,” said Wantagh Superintendent Dr. Lydia Begley in a statement. “Our students are applying to and are being accepted into some of the most distinguished colleges in the nation. This is a testament to the support of our parents and their dedication to providing a quality education to their children."
Percentage of students performing meeting standards in English language arts:Grades Wantagh
State Average 3 77 53 55 4 85 75 57 5 72 63 52 6 83 81 54 7 71 71 50 8 79 68 51 Secondary 100 88
Percentage of students performing meeting standards in mathematics:
Seaford State Average 3 80 65 59 4 82 81 64 5 87 84 65 6 87 81 61 7 87 79 62 8 83 78 55 Secondary 99 90