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Valhalla District on Par with Rest of Westchester

VALHALLA, N.Y.- The New York Education Department Tuesday released the results of last May’s English Language Arts (ELA) and math tests third through eighth grades.

Valhalla schools placed either close to or above average for most grade levels in both the ELA and math exams. Eighth grade lead the way for highest overall proficiency percentage between the two tests with 74.4% proficiency in math and 78.4% in English.

Debrah Gershner, who has an 18-month old son that will be in the Valhalla schools, mentioned that she likes the fact Valhalla is on par with other districts but she said that she doesn’t take the scores too seriously.

“I know that there’s a lot of mandatory testing as required by No Child Left Behind and the tests don’t really concern me that much,” Gershner said. “I’m more concerned to see how the teachers are teaching in the classroom and what the kids are actually learning rather than what the kids are spitting back out on the test.”

Valhalla superintendant declined to comment about the test results.

For Valhalla, the grade with the biggest disparity between ELA and math proficiency was seventh with just 54.5% proficiency in ELA and 84.8% proficiency in math.

Westchester county averages for seventh grade results are 70.5% proficiency in math and 59.2% in ELA.

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