CHAZY — Chazy Central Rural School continues to garner recognition for the academic achievements of its students.
For the third consecutive year, Buffalo Business First, a regional business journal, has ranked the district No. 1 in academic performance out of 20 public schools in Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.
“I am very proud of the efforts of the faculty, staff and students of Chazy,” CCRS Superintendent John Fairchild told the Press-Republican in an email. “In addition, I know our success is also created through the efforts of parents and other community members.
“The culture of Chazy has expected strong results for many years. High expectations, combined with hard work, bring outstanding results.”
To generate the 2013 rankings, Buffalo Business First considered data from the State Education Department, including districts’ standardized-test results and graduation rates from 2009 through 2012, the four most recent years available at the time.
Fifty percent of each school’s rating was based on how well its high-school students scored on Regents exams in 10 subjects: English, integrated algebra, geometry, algebra 2/trigonometry, Earth science, living environment, chemistry, physics, global history and U.S. history.
For all four years of the study, 100 percent of CCRS students who took the English Regents passed with a score of 65 or better; 98 percent or more passed the living-environment exam with a 65 or better; 95 percent or more achieved a 65 or better on the integrated algebra and geometry exams; and 93 percent or more passed the U.S. history and Earth science exams with a 65 or higher, according to the district’s report cards issued by the State Education Department.
In addition, the publication based 40 percent of districts’ rankings on third-, fourth-, seventh- and eighth-graders’ scores on state English and math assessments, as well as fourth- and eighth-graders’ performance on science exams.
On average during the four-year period, 78 percent of Chazy Central third-graders, 73 percent of fourth-graders, 69 percent of seventh-graders and 73 percent of eighth-graders met or exceeded the English proficiency standard.