CHAZY — Chazy Central Rural School has once again topped the academic charts.
For the second year in a row, the district has been ranked No. 1 in academic performance out of 20 schools in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties by Buffalo Business First, a regional business journal.
“I’m very pleased that our school continues to do well on academic performances,” said CCRS Superintendent John Fairchild.
“Ranking No. 1 is always a nice recognition."
The publication limited its 2012 study to school districts with enrollments of 260 students or greater and based its rankings on standardized test results and graduation rates achieved from 2008 through 2011, with the greatest emphasis placed on data from the most recent year.
Fifty percent of districts' rankings were based on high-school students' scores on Regents exams in 13 different subjects, 40 percent on scores from standardized tests administered to elementary and middle-school students and 10 percent on the percentage of high-school graduates who received Regents diplomas.
According to district report cards issued by the New York State Education Department, CCRS boasted a 100 percent pass rate on comprehensive English and U.S.-history-and-government Regents exams for all four years of the study.
Each of those years, the district also achieved a pass rate of 93 percent or higher on the physical setting/earth science Regents, 95 or higher on the integrated algebra Regents and 97 or better on the living-environment exam.
In addition, the state-issued report cards indicate that all graduates of CCRS between 2008 and 2011 obtained a Regents diploma, and half of the school's 2011 graduates earned Regents diplomas with advanced designation.
FOCUS ON READING
Fairchild credited the school's test successes, in part, to the level of importance the district places on reading comprehension at both the elementary and high-school levels.
"All the tests have turned into reading tests now," he said.