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Letter: Challenging Headline

The recent headline in the Manhasset Press, “Core Curriculum Results Are In: Math Scores Rise, English Scores Fall” may have led to some confusion among your paper’s readership. The article accurately points out that Manhasset’s students fared much better on state assessments than their counterparts in nearly every other Long Island school district. In fact, our overall mean proficiency for ELA and math scores are second in Nassau County, and our results are significantly better than both state and regional percentages for proficiency. In ELA, we scored within the top six of all Nassau County school districts in grades 3-8 on every grade level. In grades 5 and 6 we were ranked first in the county. 

It’s unclear from the article how the conclusion was drawn that math scores have risen, while English scores fell, as the article makes no specific reference to score results relative to each subject or other years’ outcomes. While the intent of the article was clearly to note Manhasset’s excellent results, the headline may have led to some confusion about how Manhasset’s students fared on the ELA tests. Our students performed exceedingly well on these newly Common Core aligned, more difficult English Language Arts tests, and we are proud of our teachers, parents, and most of all our students, in their efforts to meet the expectations of these exams.

Patrick E. O’Reilly

District Coordinator for English Language Arts and Reading

Dr. Charles Leone

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

Manhasset Public Schools