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NY TEST SCORES : Slight gains in NY English, math

 New York education officials say the state's elementary school students scored slightly higher than last year on standardized English and math tests given in the spring. WAMC's Dave Lucas reports.

The state Education Department on Tuesday released the results of the tests taken by all students in third through eighth grade. Overall, 55 percent of students met or exceeded the English proficiency, up from about 53 percent last year. The math scores showed 65 percent met or exceeded the proficiency standard, up from 63 percent last year.

The scores show that black and Hispanic children continue to lag behind their white peers.

Education Commissioner John King says reforms taking effect next year should move more students toward college and career readiness. They include changing the curriculum and the way that teachers are evaluated.


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.