Posted June 22, 2012
District ranks in top five for 11th
consecutive year, places in bottom third in cost per pupil
North Colonie ranked
fourth out of 85 school districts in the region for academic
performance in the Capital Region's annual survey of
districts for an 11-county area.
The rankings were published in the
weekly newspaper's "Schools Report" in the June 22 edition.
They are based upon all districts' New York State School
Report Cards for 2010-11.
North Colonie has ranked among the top
four districts each year since 2001 and has been named the
number one district six times.
Superintendent D. Joseph Corr thanked parents for their
support and administrators, teachers and staff for their
"The continued committment to the
students of North Colonie never wavers," he said. "After
another challenging school year, this news is a reminder that
we have much to celebrate."
The Business Review uses data from the New York State
Education Department to rank each district. The data includes
student scores on Regents exams and state assessments in
language, reading, math, science and social studies, as well
as graduation statistics, such as the percentage of
graduates who earn a Regents diploma with an advanced
designation, and the percentage of seniors who plan to
attend college or another form of post-secondary school.
North Colonie also ranked in the bottom third of
The Business Review's cost per pupil comparison of area districts,
but in the top tier in the state's list of graduation rates for high
school students. The district ranks 73rd in cost per pupil among 91
school districts surveyed at $16,868 per student, while its graduation
rate increased to 91 percent, overall.
The district also ranked as the fifth best
school in math and science scores. In science scores alone, the
district was the second best in the area. The science rankings are
based on a formula that factors in science scores for grades four
and eight, plus high school science regents exams. The math rankings
use a formula that factors in all math scores for grades three
through high school regents exams in algebra, geometry and
Shaker High School encourages students to exceed the minimum
requirements to earn a Regents diploma. High school students
are offered a robust curriculum that includes programs such
as University in the High School, which allows students to
earn college credits in various subjects. Earning college
credits while in high school gives students an advantage
when applying to college, saves them money when they get
there and exposes them to different cultures, which is
becoming more important in today’s increasingly global
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