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F-M ranked second in Upstate for academics for third consecutive year

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The Fayetteville-Manlius School District maintained its number two ranking in academics and number one ranking for math out of 429 Upstate public school districts for the third consecutive year, according to a Buffalo-based business magazine.

On Oct. 10, the magazine, Business First, released the 2013 Upstate rankings of public school districts, which encompasses 48 New York counties, excluding the New York City area.

This year's rankings are based on a 168-part formula that analyzes the latest four years of test results and graduation rates. This year’s ratings are based on testing data from the 2009-10 through 2011-12 school years.

The analysis also ranked Upstate districts in subject areas. F-M held onto its number one ranking in the mathematics subject category, ranked second in the English/foreign languages and science categories and placed fifth in social studies.

“We are pleased to share this recognition with everyone in the Fayetteville-Manlius community,” Superintendent Corliss Kaiser said. “This recognition reminds us that we are on the right path toward preparing our students for success throughout their lives. We are so proud of our students and staff.”

The magazine again ranked the Pittsford School District, located in suburban Rochester, number one in the state. The complete list of Upstate rankings is available online at the Business First website.

The magazine divides Upstate into eight regions. On Oct. 8, the magazine released the 2013 Syracuse region rankings, which listed Fayetteville-Manlius number one in academic performance out of 53 public school districts in the Syracuse area.

Dr. Kaiser attributes F-M’s success to the hard work of the district’s teachers and staff, parent support, and the development of a district action plan, which is the template for each of the district’s six building action plans. Each plan has five uniform goals:

·Maintain a graduation rate of 95-100% and reduce the drop-out rate to 0%;

·Demonstrate student success in developing 21st century skills annually;

·Employ 21st century best practices through process improvement, training and development;

·Build or replace infrastructure that promotes stewardship and efficiency;

·Be the first and best source of F-M information while providing avenues for two-way communication.

The Business First analysis has issued annual performance ratings for schools in Western New York since 1992. It uses raw data from the New York State Education Department. Annual rankings for the Rochester area were added in 2010 and the Upstate ratings launched in 2011.

Top 10 Upstate Schools

Below are the top 10 Upstate school districts in order of academic rank, according to Business First. Each is followed by the name of its county and its region.

1. Pittsford (Monroe County, Rochester Area)

2. Fayetteville-Manlius (Onondaga County, Syracuse Area)

3. Honeoye Falls-Lima (Monroe County, Rochester Area)

4. Brighton (Monroe County, Rochester Area)

5. Skaneateles (Onondaga County, Syracuse Area)

6. Williamsville (Erie County, Western New York)

7. Cazenovia (Madison County, Syracuse Area)

8. East Aurora (Erie County, Western New York)

9. Bethlehem (Albany County, Albany Area)

10. Clarence (Erie County, Western New York)

The complete list is available online.


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