The percent of students tested who scored at least a 3 on the state's Common Core Regents exam in English. The test is scored on 5 levels, with levels 3, 4 and 5 considered meeting the state's standard.
Passing the Regents English exam is required for high school graduation. Beyond that, mastery of communication skills, including reading, writing, speaking and listening, is critical for success at college and in the workplace.
In 2016, 87% of students in our region passed the Common Core Regents exam in English, about even with the state passing rate of 86%. Livingston County had the highest passing rate in our region at 94%, and 84% of Monroe County students passed. In the City of Rochester, 57% of Rochester School District students passed and 65% of charter school students passed.
Regents exams in several subjects have been revised to reflect Common Core standards. 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. 2016 was the first year that nearly all students took the Common Core version of the English exam. Students have to pass five Regents exams (math, English, global history, U.S. history and science) to graduate.