Report card time — for schools

The state education department has released report cards for all New York schools for the 2009-2010 school year.

The reports include math and English test scores for grades 3-8; graduation rates for freshmen who entered high school in 2005 and were scheduled to graduate in 2009: and whether a school “failed to make adequate yearly progress” and thus was placed on a schools in need of improvement, or SINI, list.

The reports also include previously unreleased data such as Regents and other test results by district and school.

Officials note that before last school year the state raised the English Language Arts and Math “cut scores” for the basic and proficient performance levels.

“Raising the cut scores in this manner caused a statewide drop in the percent of students scoring at proficiency levels 3 and 4,” officials said.