At the August Board of Education meeting Superintendent David Quattrone presented the 2014 Achievement Profile, also including the results of a satisfaction survey administered last winter. He reported that it takes multiple measures to get a full picture of how the schools are performing. He reminded the Board that the PISA international benchmarks remain the gold standard of achievement; the Programme for International Student Assessment tests how well fifteen-year olds from around the world read, solve mathematical problems, and apply scientific knowledge. In 2012 Bronxville students outscored other US schools by a wide margin, and exceeded the best-in-class standard set by Shanghai.
Quattrone went on to report that state assessments of mathematics and language arts in grades 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 showed some improvements. Last year, with higher cut-off scores and the new Common Core Learning Standards, test results dropped sharply across the state. This year, with curriculum adjustments and consultant assistance, mathematics scores typically rose by 10 or 15 points. English Language Arts also improved, but the gains were more modest.
Advanced Placement and college admissions patterns continue to show impressive strength. In 2014, 233 Bronxville students took 517 Advanced Placement exams, and 89% of these students earned at least one score of 3 or better. The Class of 2014 earned admissions at many of the most selective colleges and universities in the country. Fifty percent of the class will attend schools classified as "most competitive" by Barron's Guide, and an additional 25% and 15% will attend colleges in the "highly competitive" and "very competitive" categories, respectively.