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State Test Scores Rise at Upper West Side Schools

By  Emily Frost and Nigel Chiwaya | September 6, 2016 4:18pm 

 DNAinfo mapped the results in District 3 on the 2016 state English and math exams.
DNAinfo mapped the results in District 3 on the 2016 state English and math exams.
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UPPER WEST SIDE — Students at Upper West Side schools improved their scores on the state English and math exams this year, outperforming citywide averages and local results from previous years.

Over the past four school years, District 3's elementary and middle school students — who attend schools from West 59th Street up to West 122nd Street — have improved each year on both exams, Department of Education data shows.

Students have made the most gains in recent years on their English exams, with 56 percent of district students passing the exam during the 2015-2016 school year compared to 42 percent during the 2012-2013 school year.  

Students also improved their math scores this year, with 51 percent passing the exam compared to 43 percent in 2012-2013. 

The percentage of District 3 students who passed the English and math exams was also higher than the citywide averages of 38 percent in English and 36 percent in math.

DNAinfo ranked the results from the 32 schools in District 3 that took the exams and found that the highest and lowest performers were the same as during the previous school year.

As in 2014-2015, the Special Music School on West 67th Street and the Anderson School on West 77th Street did exceptionally well on the exams in 2015-2016, tying for the top scores in math district-wide and occupying the top two slots in English.

At each of the schools, which both have special admissions criteria, 97 percent of students passed the math exam.

Anderson had the district's top English results, with 95 percent of students passing, while the Special Music School came in second, with 94 percent passing.

Upper West Success Academy, the K-5 charter school on West 84th Street, also performed well again, with 98 percent of students passing the math exam and 91 percent passing the English exam.

All of the elementary schools that had wait-lists this year — P.S. 87, P.S. 199 and P.S. 9 — placed in the top 10 district-wide on their math and English exams. 

At Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts, a 6-12 school on West 114th Street, students struggled on the tests again this year. As in 2014-2015, Wadleigh came in last in terms of math results, with none of its students passing. However, the school made gains on the English exam, with 14 percent passing compared to none last year. 

To take a closer look at your school's results and the district rankings, check out our map: