Every Child is Successful
What does this measure?
The percent of students tested who met or exceeded the state standard on the NYS Grade 4 Math exam, broken down by students' economic background. Student performance is scored from level 1 to 4. The state standard is met by scoring at level 3 or 4 and is considered passing.
Why is this important?
Early development of mathematics concepts provides the basis for mastery of problem solving and computation skills.
How is our region performing?
In 2016, 25% of low-income students in the region passed the Grade 4 math exam, compared to 64% of all other fourth-graders. Rates were a bit different statewide, with 33% of low income students and 62% of all other students passing. The passing rates for low-income students were highest in both Yates and Genesee County (both at 45%) and lowest in the City of Rochester at 9% for students attending traditional public schools. An increase of 17 percentage points for low-income students in Yates from 2015 to 2016 is by far the largest of the region.
However, it should be noted that a substantial number of students did not take state exams in 2016 due to parent concerns about testing in schools. In our region, 28% of 3rd-8th graders in the region opted not to take the Math exam. Fairport School District had the highest opt-out rate, at 56%, while the Rochester City School District had the lowest rate at 16%. The large percentage of students not taking the exam may have a significant effect on overall achievement levels and should therefore give caution to interpreting these results.
Notes about the data
Changes in the state's testing program over the last decade impact the comparability of test results year to year. In 2013, the state shifted to Common Core Standards and Common Core-based tests, and previously, in 2010 the state revised scoring of its tests, raising the threshold for passing. The Common Core was adopted in most states to better prepare students for success beyond high school by emphasizing problem solving, understanding and synthesis, comprehension of nonfiction text, and other higher-order thinking skills.
Subgroup data is not published for small groups (fewer than five students) in order to protect the confidentiality of students. New York State also suppresses data for the next largest group.
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch are considered low-income. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.