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SCOTIA: District hears testing results

Just in time for the new school year, the Scotia-Glenville Central School District met Monday, Aug. 27, to review Regents exam results, failure reports, advanced placement results and graduation reports.

District Director of Curriculum and Instruction Joe Kavanaugh said that all of the Regents exam results have shown improvement, with the exception of the physics exam.

We had a lot of good news, with a lot of high passing rates. Physics is one area we are looking at, but part of that is that typically physics has a low number of students enrolled in the course, said Kavanaugh.

Kavanaugh said the district's GOAL program, formed a few years ago in an effort to reach out to students who need extra guidance, was successful this year. In ninth grade, only three out of 18 GOAL students failed the English Regents. Tenth- grade GOAL students had high passing rates, with only two of 12 failing the English Regents. Math and science continue to be areas that administrators and staff are concerned about.

"We try to reach kids who seem disaffected by school. We tend to see ninth graders drop in math and science, and then they do seem to just 'get it' more in 10th grade. Science is one area we still need to firm up," said Kavanaugh.

The GED report for 2006-2007 showed 20 students enrolled with 13 passing, one failing, two removed, two leaving before completion, and two returning for the 2007-2008 program. High School Principal Lynda J. Castronovo said those numbers are important because a few years ago the dropout rate was close to 4 percent.

"Our total population is at 997, and the dropout rate is now at 2 percent. That is a number we would of course always like to see at 0 percent but for now 2 is acceptable. We try to reach who we can," said Castronovo.

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