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Port Chester Schools Test Below County Average

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- Students in the Port Chester School District tested below the county average according to test results released Tuesday by the state, which reaffirms parent Michelle King's decision to send her daughter to private school.

"I don't know about nowadays, but in the past I felt like they just shuffled you along," said King, who attended Port Chester schools from second grade onward. "I don't want that for my kids."

King decided to send her six-year old daughter Amani to Corpus Christi School after she was unable to enroll her in the Blind Brook School District in neighboring Rye Brook. Blind Brook schools tested above the county average.

In both English Language Arts (ELA) and math, students are given a score of one to four, with three considered meeting the proficiency standard and four exceeding it.

Across the state, 64 percent of students tested at proficiency or higher for ELA and 70.1 percent for math. Port Chester averaged 57.5 percent for ELA and 60.3 for Math. Blind Brook schools averaged 82.6 percent for ELA and 89.1 for Math.

King herself is still getting her education, studying at Mercy College to be a physician's assistant. She said the cost of sending her daughter to Corpus Christi is a burden, but something she feels is necessary."That's the price you have to pay for education," she said.

For a full breakdown of scores for each grade level visit: www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/pressRelease/20110808/home.html .

Comment from the Port Chester School District was not received in time for publication. Follow this story for updates. What do you think about the value of standardized testing in the Port Chester School District?

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