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MAP: See How Park Slope Schools Fared on State Tests

By  Leslie Albrecht and Nigel Chiwaya | August 16, 2016 7:13pm 

 A classroom at P.S. 295, an arts-focused school in the South Slope that saw marked improvement on state test scores in 2016.
A classroom at P.S. 295, an arts-focused school in the South Slope that saw marked improvement on state test scores in 2016.
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PARK SLOPE — Test scores at most neighborhood schools shot up in 2016, mirroring an upward trend at districts citywide, according to recently released state Department of Education data.

Some Park Slope schools posted double digit gains in the percentage of students that passed math and English Language Arts (ELA) exams.

At P.S. 295 in the South Slope, for example, the passing rate for all grades on the ELA test jumped to 56.3 percent in 2016, up from 43.1 percent in 2015. In math, the rate increased to 64.2 percent in 2016 from 51.3 percent in 2015. 

Among all grades at P.S. 10, 74.4 percent passed the ELA test in 2015 compared to 57.4 percent in 2015. The passing rate on the math exam fell slightly to 67.4 percent in 2016 compared to 69 percent in 2015.

At P.S. 321, 84 percent of students in all grades passed the ELA test in 2016 compared to 76 percent in 2015. In math, 86 percent passed this year compared to 82 percent in 2015.

In Windsor Terrace, the passing rate at P.S. 154 has risen sharply over the past three years, from 54.8 percent among all students in 2013 to 79.4 on the ELA test among all students in 2016. The school had its first-ever waiting list for the kindergarten class that will start this fall.

Another District 15 school with marked improvement was P.S. 130, on the border of Windsor Terrace and Kensington.The ELA exam passing rate jumped to 50.5 percent from 35.8 percent in 2015. At nearby P.S. 131, the ELA passing rate increased from 34.0 percent in 2015 to 43.2 percent.

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Most Park Slope schools far outpaced the average citywide passing rate, which was 38 percent on the ELA exam and 36.4 percent on the math exam.

Park Slope schools are considered some of the best in the city, and their desirability has partly fueled the rise in real estate prices in the surrounding blocks.

But the best elementary school score-wise in District 15 — which includes parts of Park Slope, Gowanus, Carroll Gardens, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Red Hook,  Sunset Park and Borough Park — is P.S. 172, in relatively more affordable Sunset Park.

For the third year in row, 100 percent of P.S. 172's fourth graders passed the math exam. Among all grades at P.S. 172 , 98 percent of students passed the math exam and 89 percent passed English in 2016. About 85 percent of P.S. 172 students are poor enough to qualify for a free lunch.

Among middle schools, Park Slope's M.S. 51 continued to be a top performer, with 80 percent of students among all grades passing the math test, and 81.7 percent passing the ELA exam.

Park Slope Collegiate saw noteworthy improvement, with the passing rate on the math test increasing to 38.5 percent in 2016 from 30.4 percent in 2015. On the ELA test, the passing rate rose to 31.5 percent from 20.4 among all grades.

Check out the map below for more details on neighborhood schools: