BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - There's been a shake-up on Business First's annual list ofwestern New York's top elementary schools.
For the past three years Smallwood Elementary school in Amhersthas taken the top spot.
But there's a new number one this year.
Southern Tier Catholic School has emerged as the new leader inthis category, which spans the years from kindergarten throughfourth grade. The Olean school replaces Amherst's Smallwood DriveSchool, which was the top-rated elementary school the past threeyears.
Southern Tier Catholic is the first school from outside of ErieCounty to rank No. 1 in any category since Business First launchedits rankings in 1992. More than half of its fourth graders achievedsuperior scores on the statewide tests in both English and mathlast year, a distinction that no other elementary school in WesternNew York can claim.
Business First graded 287 elementary schools, based on fouryears of test data from the New York State Education Department.The rankings cover every school that participates in the statewidetesting program for fourth graders.
Private schools that don't take part in the statewide testingprogram are not included in Business First's rankings, since theirperformances can't be measured against standardized benchmarks. Twoof the better-known schools that don't participate are ElmwoodFranklin School and Park School of Buffalo.
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