State School Report Cards Released

February 18, 2011 Updated Feb 18, 2011 at 7:34 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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February 18, 2011 Updated Feb 18, 2011 at 7:34 PM EDT

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Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)

Superintendent Mark Mondanaro for the Ken-Ton school district is pleased with his students' grades on the state's report card grading system, despite the fact that scores were significantly lower than last year. That's because the state raised passing score targets this year.

The so called cut scores were changed after students were tested. But despite that fact, all 13-schools in Mondanaro's district are listed as adequately performing, but he admits there is room for improvement.

"It is not necessarily saying that every test is going well and everything is where it wants to be, that's not the case, but it is a good sign that it is obviously affirmation that we're moving in the right direction," said Mondanaro.

Not the case for the Buffalo School District. The report reveals a startling number of schools that are in need of a drastic intervention because of failing math, english and science scores and a 75 percent drop out rate among African-American males.

There is also another disturbing trend, in a vast majority of the schools, students with disabilities performed poorly.
Administrators say they will continue to review their practices to find ways to tackle those issues as they move forward with plans to revamp high school graduation requirements. Those changes could come as early as July.