Catholic Schools in Diocese Outperform City & State

The New York State Testing Program results for the students within the Diocese of Brooklyn have been posted and we are extremely proud of the continued success of our students, teachers and principals!

The chart below compares the Diocesan state test results directly to those students tested in the New York State and New York City public schools which show the percent of students who are proficient for their grade level. Proficiency on state tests is defined by any student who scores at Level 3 or Level 4 (meets/exceeds proficiency for grade level respectively).

The 2019 Diocesan results for ELA in Grades 4, 6 and 7 are off the charts against the city and state. We are pleased to report that for the first time in 2019, we tested Grade 7 students in ELA; our seventh graders attained 54.9 percent proficiency. Diocesan seventh graders far surpassed the state by 15.2 percentage points and the city by 12.2 percentage points.

In Grade 7 Math, our results were competitive with 42.4 percent of diocesan students reaching proficiency and scored slightly higher than the city and slightly less than the state. However, our grade 4 students outpaced both the city and state in Math with a diocesan proficiency of 51.3 percent. In Grade 6 Math, we trailed the city and state slightly.

Download the complete report on our 2019 New York State test results.

2019 NYS ELA AND MATH TEST RESULTS

GRADES 4, 6, AND 7 COMPARATIVE CHART

Percentage of Students Scoring at Levels 3 and 4 (Students who met or exceeded the proficiency standards for their grade).

2019 NYS ELA and Math Test Results
Percent of Students Meeting or Exceeding NYS Proficiency Standards
Testing Program NYS
(public and charter schools, no Nonpublic Schools)
NYC
(public schools, no charter or nonpublic schools)
Diocese of Brooklyn
(schools and academies, Brooklyn and Queens)
Grade 4-ELA 47.7% 49.6% 54.7%
Grade 6-ELA 47.1% 48.4% 59.8%
Grade 7-ELA 39.7% 42.7 % 54.9%
Grade 4-Math 50.4% 49.4% 51.3%
Grade 6-Math 47.0% 43.9% 43.7%
Grade 7-Math 43.5% 42.1% 42.4%

Please Note: Percentages reported include all tested students (general education and students with disabilities as reported by New York State, New York City and Diocese of Brooklyn).

New York State ELA exam result comparison

It is important to mention that state testing within the Diocese of Brooklyn is part of our core academic program. The results of state tests help us to gauge how we are progressing with state standards as a Diocese, as an individual academy or parish school, or as an individual student.

The standards that are measured on state tests are rigorous, but we believe these standards and tests will help prepare our students for their lives in the 21st century by thinking critically and being able to solve multi-step problems.

The State Education Department switched from 3-day to 2-day testing in 2018, which established a new baseline. Therefore, comparisons can only be made with scores in 2019 and the upcoming 2020 scores. The chart below depicts the Diocesan percentage point change from 2018 to 2019.

Note: Since we tested Grade 8 in 2018 and Grade 7 in 2019, we can only directly compare Grades 4 and 6.

GRADES 4 and 6 COMPARATIVE CHART

Diocesan percentage point change from 2018 to 2019.

2019 NYS ELA and Math Results
Grades 4 and 6 Comparative Chart
NYS Tests – Tested in 2018 and 2019 Diocese of Brooklyn 2018 Proficiency Results Diocese of Brooklyn 2019 Proficiency Results Percentage Point Change
Grade 4-ELA 56.0% 54.7% -1.3%
Grade 6-ELA 62.0% 59.8% -2.2%
Grade 4-Math 44.0% 51.3% +7.3%
Grade 6-Math 39.0% 43.7% +4.7%

NYS Math Test Scores Year-Over-Year Comparison

The percentage point change in ELA for Diocesan students was slightly lower but there was not a major shift.

Diocesan students did increase dramatically from 2018 to 2019 on the Grade 4 and Grade 6 Math tests. Although this proficiency rate is not for a matched group of students, but a different group of students, as a Diocese we can see that the changes we have instituted in our math programs are making significant and positive changes.

Our principals and teachers within the Diocese of Brooklyn attend high quality professional development programs and receive numerous resources throughout the school year. Professional development will continue this year and provide opportunities for deeper learning for our
educators which will help our students reach their full potential.

Spring 2019 was the second time the state offered operational assessments on computers. The State Education Department remains committed to transitioning to computer based testing in the years ahead as this will help prepare students for the world we live in.

I would like to commend the students, teachers and principal, Mr. Scharbach, for participating in computer based testing on the state tests in Grades 6 and 7 for both ELA and math. St. Francis de Sales Catholic Academy showed us that it is possible to administer state tests on computers when technology is used on a daily basis. This was the second year that this academy successfully implemented the state’s computer based testing program.

In the spring of 2020, we will administer state tests in grades 4, 6 and 7 for ELA and math and science grades 4 and 8.

Beginning in the Spring of 2021, the state will administer new tests measuring Next Generation Learning Standards and will once again have a new baseline established. As soon as more information becomes available about state testing, our academies and parish schools will be
ready to prepare our students to tackle these new tests.

Submitted by:
Mrs. Diane Phelan
Associate Superintendent for Evaluation of Programs and Students

TerraNova Testing Results

Students within the Diocese of Brooklyn are also tested every fall with the nationally normed test, TerraNova. The TerraNova: College and Career Ready Test, assess students in a variety of subtests, including Reading, Language, and Mathematics in conjunction with InView, the cognitive abilities test that measures aptitude.

Administration of the 2018 TerraNova test took place in October. Principals and teachers have the ability to analyze classroom and individual student performance reports which contain valuable information to help guide them in evaluating their instructional program and to provide professional development opportunities for principals and teachers.

When testing in the fall, TerraNova is used as a diagnostic tool as it gives teachers time to remediate student and classroom weaknesses prior to state testing in the spring. In addition, TerraNova is considered an achievement test as reports provide longitudinal data to evaluate growth over time.

The chart below indicates the 2018 TerraNova results for academies and parish schools within the Diocese of Brooklyn for two major tested areas: ELA (Reading and Language subtests) and Mathematics. The results are reported in National percentiles which compares Diocesan students by grade level, to students in a national norm group or national sample. National ranks or percentiles range from the lowest (1) to the highest (99) performance nationally, with median or the middle performance defined as 50 NP (national percentile).

Unlike most tests where 50% is failing, the 50 NP is the national average. In other words, the 50 NP is the middle score and half of the students had scores above it and half below.

The Diocesan results for TerraNova are either at the national average of 50 NP or well above the national average.

When reading the TerraNova chart below, you will notice that as students’ progress through grade levels, the national percentiles increase over time, which we can conclude, the longer students attend our academies and Parish schools, the better their overall academic achievement. By the time Diocesan students reached eighth grade, they scored higher than 77 percent of students in the national norm group in ELA and 69 percent higher than the national norm group in Mathematics.

We are truly proud of the accomplishments of all our students, teachers and principals within our diocese and strive to provide continuous academic growth.

TerraNova Testing Program – Results Fall 2018

REPORTED IN NATIONAL PERCENTILE (NP)

BE = Brooklyn East; BW = Brooklyn West; QN = Queens North; QS = Queens South.

2018 TerraNova Testing Program Results
2018 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
ELA 57 NP 61 NP 65 NP 68 NP 75 NP 77 NP
2018 Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
Math 50 NP 50 NP 56 NP 58 NP 60 NP 69 NP

Respectfully submitted by: Mrs. Diane Phelan, Associate Superintendent for Evaluation of Programs and Students

READING COMPOSITE LANGUAGE COMPOSITE MATH COMPOSITE
Grade 3 Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score
Diocese 56.2 62 615.9 53.9 57 613.9 54.8 59 576.1
BE 51.2 52 608.8 47.3 45 603.2 48.0 46 564.9
BW 59.8 68 621.0 56.2 62 617.5 57.8 64 581.0
QN 58.3 65 618.8 56.6 62 618.2 58.4 65 582.0
QS 54.2 58 613.4 52.5 55 611.8 51.9 54 517.4
READING COMPOSITE LANGUAGE COMPOSITE MATH COMPOSITE
Grade 4 Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score
Diocese 58.9 66 636.3 54.9 59 629.5 51.5 53 607.3
BE 53.6 57 629.3 50.6 51 624.0 43.9 39 596.6
BW 61.1 70 639.2 56.0 61 630.8 51.8 53 607.5
QN 60.7 69 639.0 57.0 63 632.3 54.8 59 612.2
QS 57.8 64 634.6 53.5 57 627.6 50.5 51 606.0
READING COMPOSITE LANGUAGE COMPOSITE MATH COMPOSITE
Grade 5 Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score
Diocese 59.7 68 654.0 54.3 58 644.1 52.7 55 632.2
BE 52.7 55 644.4 47.2 45 633.8 41.9 35 617.1
BW 64.1 75 659.5 57.4 64 648.8 57.1 63 638.2
QN 60.1 68 654.5 56.9 63 647.5 56.2 62 637.1
QS 60.7 69 655.4 53.1 56 642.6 51.4 53 630.6
READING COMPOSITE LANGUAGE COMPOSITE MATH COMPOSITE
Grade 6 Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score
Diocese 58.3 65 663.1 56.6 62 657.1 55.7 61 658.9
BE 53.5 57 656.7 51.1 52 648.8 47.3 45 645.4
BW 64.1 75 671.0 60.9 70 663.6 60.7 69 667.3
QN 60.3 69 665.8 60.7 69 663.5 60.3 69 665.9
QS 55.0 59 658.6 52.0 54 649.8 51.7 53 652.6
READING COMPOSITE LANGUAGE COMPOSITE MATH COMPOSITE
Grade 7 Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score
Diocese 57.8 64 669.8 64.7 75 675.7 58.2 65 676.5
BE 52.1 54 662.5 59.8 68 668.0 50.1 50 663.1
BW 61.6 71 674.8 68.3 81 681.4 63.4 74 684.8
QN 59.5 67 671.8 67.0 79 679.4 62.3 72 683.3
QS 56.7 62 668.8 62.0 72 672.0 54.8 59 670.9

 

READING COMPOSITE LANGUAGE COMPOSITE MATH COMPOSITE
Grade 8 Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score Mean NCE NP of Mean NCE Mean Scale Score
Diocese 64.1 75 688.3 62.2 72 684.5 63.3 74 703.3
BE 56.3 62 678.0 56.2 62 675.5 53.7 57 686.8
BW 66.4 78 691.7 64.1 75 687.3 66.8 79 709.4
QN 67.4 80 692.8 65.8 77 690.3 67.3 79 710.6
QS 63.1 73 686.8 59.8 68 680.5 61.7 71 700.0