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Greenpoint's P.S. 34 Earns Best Scores on State Exams in North Brooklyn

By Serena Dai | October 8, 2015 5:42pm
 Carmen Asselta is the principal of P.S. 34 in Greenpoint, which had the top test scores in the district.
Carmen Asselta is the principal of P.S. 34 in Greenpoint, which had the top test scores in the district.
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BROOKLYN — Students from Brooklyn's oldest elementary school, P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry, earned the best scores on state exams in Williamsburg and Greenpoint's District 14 this year, according to an analysis of 2015 test results by DNAinfo New York.

The pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade school, located at 131 Norman Ave., had more than 65 percent of its fourth-graders passed the English test, ranking it 53rd in the city for that exam.

Additionally, more than 70 percent of the school's students passed the math test, landing it in 68th place citywide.

The numbers are an improvement over last year, when just 44 percent of P.S. 34's fourth-graders passed the English exam, ranking it third place in District 14.

P.S. 34 is a National Blue Ribbon school, a recognition awarded to schools with high academic excellence and improvement. It is also the oldest continuing operating elementary school in the borough, according to the school.

Principal Carmen Asselta, a Ridgewood native, has led P.S. 34 since 2013 and previously spoke to about the school's challenges, including lack of space and the diversity of its students.

DNAinfo New York analyzed the test results of fourth-graders because they factor in to middle school admissions.

On the English exams, P.S. 257 John F. Hylan, located at 60 Cook St. in Williamsburg, wasn't far behind P.S. 34.

About 65 percent of its fourth-graders passed the test, ranking it 54th in the city — a marked improvement from 2014.

Last year, just 32 percent of its fourth-graders passed the English test, ranking the school 300th in the city.

But P.S. 257's fourth-graders didn't fare as well on the math test this year, with just 57 percent of them passing the exam — ranking it third in the district.

Greenpoint school P.S. 31 Samuel F. Dupont, at 75 Meserole Ave., snuck in with the second-best test scores in the district for math, with 71 percent of their fourth-graders passing.

The school also ranked well in the neighborhood for its English scores, with about 60 percent of its fourth-graders passing the test, giving it the third-best scores in the district.

To see how your school did, check out our interactive map below: