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STATE REPORT CARD ON SCHOOLS HAS OFFICIALS CONCERNED

The state Department of Education's School Report Card has raised three areas of concern at Brocton High School and one at the elementary school.

The reporting instrument is designed to help districts evaluate student academic performance and indicate areas for improvement.

High School Principal EvaDawn Bashaw said students did not perform well in Regents global studies, Course 1 math and Course 3 math for the 1996-97 school year.

For Course 3 math, 66 percent of the students passed, compared to 75 percent in similar schools and 67 percent of all state public schools.

"Math is a concern for us," Ms. Bashaw said.

In Regents global studies, 47 percent passed in Brocton, while the passing range was 68 percent and 66 percent, respectively, for similar and all school districts.

"Again, this is an area of concern," Ms. Bashaw said.

Other scores for passing include: Regents comprehensive English, 88 percent at Brocton, 92 percent in similar schools and 94 percent for all schools; Regents competency for languages other than English, 87 percent at Brocton, 92 percent at similar schools and 94 percent in all schools; biology, 76 percent at Brocton, 85 percent at similar schools and 75 percent at all schools; and Regents U.S. history and government, 69 percent at Brocton, 72 percent at similar schools and 73 percent at all schools.

In 1996-97, 34 percent of graduates earned Regents diplomas, compared to 33 percent in 1995-96 and 38 percent in 1994-95.

According to 1996-97 statistics, 27.6 percent of students in the school district were eligible for free lunches, down from 66.4 percent in 1994-95 but up from 25 percent in 1995-96.

Ms. Bashaw said the 1996-97 figure appears to be distorted.

"Socio-economically, things have not changed that drastically," she pointed out. "So much of our funding is based on this figure. I encourage families to make application for this at the beginning of the year."

Per pupil expenditures at Brocton were $8,194, compared to $9,255 for all public schools.

At the elementary school, grade six reading is showing progress, but still falls below the 90 percent mark. As a result, the elementary school building level team will put into place an improvement plan. Grade six reading pupils performing above the state reference point totaled 88 percent in 1996-97, 81 percent in 1995-96 and 87 percent in 1994-95.

Also at the elementary school, pupils performing above the reference point included 97 percent for grade three reading; 98 percent in grade three math and 95 percent in grade five writing. Pupils performed better than similar schools and all schools in all three components of the grade four science test.

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