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' race or ethnicity. 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?
Passing rates were higher for white and Asian students in the region (55% and 56%, respectively) than for Hispanic and African American students (23% and 17%, respectively) in 2016. For all racial/ethnic groups, rates were higher at the state level than in the region. Students in each racial/ethnic group in Monroe County passed at a rate within 1 or 2 points of the region, except white students who outperformed the region by 8 percentage points. The low number of African American, Hispanic, and Asian 4th graders in many of the region's counties prevents any meaningful comparison of results across ethnic groups within these counties. The City of Rochester had passing rates of 10% for Hispanic students, 9% for African American students, 15% for Asian students, and 21% for white students, among the lowest in the region for each race or ethnicity for students attending traditional public schools.
It should be taken into consideration that due to parent concerns about testing in schools, a large number of students did not take state exams in 2016 (also known as "opting-out"), which could affect overall achievement levels. Across the region, 28% of 3rd-8th graders opted-out of the NYS Math exams. The rate in Monroe County was 30%, Rochester's rate was 16% and Seneca County was the highest among the surrounding counties, with an opt-out rate of 37%.
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.