The proportion of high school graduates meeting the state's "aspirational performance measures" on state Regents exams. This means scoring at least 75 on the English and 80 on a math exam.
Research commissioned by New York State concluded that students passing Regents exams but at a lower level than the 75/80 thresholds were not fully ready for college or careers. As the state works to increase the rigor of exams and graduation requirements, in the interim, it will report how many students pass the current exams at higher levels as an indicator of what share are ready for college and career following high school graduation.
In 2014, 6% of the Rochester City School District's class of 2014 passed the exams at higher levels, compared to 38% across the state and 45% in the Rochester region. These proportions were little changed from 2010, when the state first began reporting this data. In the region, counties with the highest numbers were Ontario (52%), Livingston (46%) and Monroe and Wayne (both 45%).