Letter: Amityville progress wrongly credited

Classes resumed at Amityville Memorial High School after

Classes resumed at Amityville Memorial High School after police investigated a bomb threat and found nothing. Photo Credit: Alexi Knock

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The record regarding the Amityville school district needs to be set straight ["District mourns superintendent," News, Feb. 6].

As reported in the past by the state Department of Education and Newsday, here are the facts: In 2005, all the Amityville schools in need of improvement or restructuring were taken off those education department lists, largely due to the leadership and dedication of Superintendent Brian De Sorbe and Assistant Superintendent Mike Cohen.

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A comparison of test scores between the 2004-05 and 2011-12 school years shows that the percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards fell. In grade 4, English Language Arts scores dropped 23 percent and math scores declined 34 percent. In grade 8, ELA scores were down 14 percent and math scores, 15 percent.

The district's demographics didn't change between those two school years. The facts speak for themselves. Unfortunately for the students and taxpayers of Amityville, the district lost the leadership of De Sorbe and Cohen.

Stephannie A. Andrews, Amityville

Editor's note: The writer served as a member of the Amityville school board from 1997 to 2006 and is a past board president.

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