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Manhattan student exam scores fall behind other boroughs.

Manhattan has no monopoly on the city’s top public schools. An elite class of districts — including premier performers in Queens and Brooklyn — stood out from the pack on state math and English exams last year with the highest rates of top-scoring students. Test takers in Grades 3 through 8 receive scores ranging from...
Time: 22:10     Date: 13.09.2017
Metro News: Manhattan student exam scores fall behind other boroughs. NY Post 24 - US News

An elite class of districts — including premier performers in Queens and Brooklyn — stood out from the pack on state math and English exams last year with the highest rates of top-scoring students.

Test takers in Grades 3 through 8 receive scores ranging from a minimum of 1 to a high of 4.

In English, where scores are generally lower, just three districts had at least 30 percent of their kids at the maximum score.

District 26 in Queens boasted the top rate of elite scorers in math, at 43.4 percent, and was second in English, at 32.8 percent.

Considered by many to be the best public-school district in the city, it includes Douglaston, Bayside, Floral Park and parts of Hollis, among other neighborhoods.

“In recent years, many immigrant families from South Korea, China, India and Japan have settled in District 26 because of its highly regarded schools,” according to the scholastic Web site Insideschools.com.

Manhattan’s District 2, which encompasses some of the ritziest neighborhoods in the city, had the highest rate of level-4 English scores, at 35 percent, and was second to District 26 in math, at 43 percent.

District 2 includes the East Side south of 97th Street and the West Side south of 59th Street.

Manhattan’s District 3 — on the West Side from 59th to 122nd streets — came in third in math at 32.8 percent, at level 4.

District 25 in Queens — covering Flushing, Whitestone and College Point — placed fourth in math, with 32.7 percent of students posting maximum marks.

Brooklyn’s only entrant on the top-five list of math scores was District 20, a swath in the borough’s southwestern corner that includes Sunset Park, Borough Park, Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge.

A total of 32.2 percent of District 20 kids scored at the 4 level last year, according to DOE data.

Brooklyn’s District 15 — which includes affluent neighborhoods such as Park Slope, Carroll Gardens and Boerum Hill — ranked fourth in the city in English scores, with 23.2 percent.

While areas with respectable rates of top-scoring students were scarce, notably struggling districts were far more abundant.

A total of 14 districts had less than 10 percent of their kids score at the 4 level in both math and English, according to the data.

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