Of course, it is hard to miss the relevance of these sterling results to the upcoming school board elections. However impressive the Kaufman/Feldhamer ticket's triple endorsement reported here is, actual, real world results by the current board speak even louder than the words of newspaper editors in support of the Kaufman/Feldhamer.
The results, for third- through eighth-graders, showed an improvement of nearly 10 percentage points over last year's scores.
"Those results are unbelievable, unbelievable," said Lawrence school board Trustee Uri Kaufman. "Even a 3 percent jump is considered at big deal. A 10 percent jump is a miracle."
Last year, 73 percent of the district's students met or exceeded New York state learning standards, while this year nearly 83 percent reached that level. Last year, meeting the state standards required a score of 68 percent or better on the exam, while this year it required a score of 77 percent or more.
The district's greatest gains were in the middle school, where 85 percent of its 674 students in grades six through eight met or exceeded the state standards. There was also progress at the elementary schools, where the number of third-graders who met the standards jumped by eight percentage points over last year, and the number of fourth-graders who did so increased by four percentage points.
"I am absolutely delighted with the tremendous progress that our district has made," said Dr. Vicki Karant, Lawrence’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.
Kudos to the students, teachers administrators and board members of School District 15 on a job well done.