HARLEM — Harlem's elementary and middle schools showed noticeable improvements on state math and English Language Arts (ELA) exams this year, but some still fell far behind statewide averages.
Among the results was one school that had 0 percent math proficiency for the second year in a row.
Central Harlem has elementary and middle schools that are scattered across District 3 and 5, which also includes Morningside Heights and Upper West Side schools. District 6 includes West Harlem school alongside Washington Heights, Inwood and Marble Hill schools.
East Harlem is largely in District 4 by itself.
Overall in the state, ELA and math scores for elementary and middle schoolers went up 7.6 percent, from 30.4 percent in 2015 to 38 percent in 2016, and 1.2 percent, from 35.2 percent in 2015 to 36.4 percent in 2016, respectively.
But only District 3 had more than half of students deemed proficient in Harlem's schools, New York State Department of Education data shows.
District 3 had 56.3 percent proficient in ELA, up from 49.2 percent in 2015, and 50.9 percent in math, a slight bump from 50 percent last year.
District 4 improved nearly 8 percentage points compared to last year with 31.8 percent in ELA and 27.8 percent in math, a slight increase from 27.8 in 2015.
District 5 went from 16.3 percent in 2015 to 21.5 percent this year in ELA and from 15.2 percent in math to 16.6 percent.
District 6 saw an increase as well, with 27.1 percent in ELA and 24.3 percent in math. This is compared to 18.5 percent and 23.4 percent last year, respectively.
And proficiency rates among Harlem schools ranged widely this year.
The Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts on West 114th Street in District 3, for instance, had 14 percent in ELA, up from 0 percent last year, but earned 0 percent in math for the second year in a row.
East Harlem’s TAG Young Scholars School on East 109th Street in District 4 had the top ranking in both subject areas, with about 94 percent proficient in ELA and math, which is up from the 86 percent in ELA and down slightly from the roughly 95 percent in math last year.
Check out the map below, which reflects data from the state education department and separates out charter school’s test results: