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Academic Intervention Services


The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Central School District is working to ensure that our students are well prepared for the competitive workplace and continuing education. Participation in the New York State assessments in grades 3 through 8 is one piece of this complex puzzle. These state assessments are one of the few opportunities we have to more clearly compare our students’ growth and achievement to other students within the district and throughout New York State. Your child will be competing against these other boys and girls when he/she enters higher education or the work force.

Score Reporting

There is a totally new look to your child’s score report. This more visual depiction of his/her overall performance on the test includes the composite score as well as an overall numeric score that is used by the district to determine eligibility for Academic Intervention Services (AIS).

As a reminder of the scoring scale, students will have achieved a composite score of 1, 2, 3 or 4 on each of the tests (Math and ELA). A score of “proficient” on these exams is defined as receiving a composite score of 3 or 4.

The report also contains a comparison of your child’s performance in relation to all RCS students and to all students in the state. The back of the report breaks down the scores that were earned within the different concept/skills that were being measured within the assessment.

Score Usage

Your child’s scores on the grade 3-8 assessments do not count in their academic average or influence his/her ability to advance to the next grade. The scores do however provide information that will guide your child’s teachers as they plan instruction during the upcoming year. Also, RCS is required to consider state scores when determining students need for AIS.

The state tests are only one measure used to determine if students are in need of Academic Intervention Services.

Students that scored below these mean scores on the state tests will be closely considered for AIS eligibility:

  • Grade 3: English 305; Mathematics 299
  • Grade 4: English 303; Mathematics 298
  • Grade 5: English 304; Mathematics 306
  • Grade 6: English 301; Mathematics 301
  • Grade 7: English 302; Mathematics 307
  • Grade 8: English 300; Mathematics 304

A highly detailed reporting of your child’s performance on these assessments can be made available to you upon request by contacting your school guidance counselor. We are very grateful for your child’s participation and best effort while completing these assessments. AIS may take many forms and those families whose children will be receiving additional academic support this year will be receiving an AIS letter. For further information about the Common Core Learning Standards and this new testing process, please access