The percent of Rochester City School District students tested who met or exceeded the state standard on the NYS Grade 3 English exam, broken down by race or ethnicity and gender. 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.
Early reading skills are critical to a successful school experience and a productive work life.
In 2016, passing rates in the Rochester City School District were highest for white females at 31%, followed by white males at 24% and Asian females at 17%. Rates were lower for other groups: 3% for African American males, 6% for Hispanic males, 8% for African American females and 9% for Hispanic females.
However, it should be noted that some students did not take state exams in 2016 due to parent concerns about testing in schools. In our region, 25% of 3rd-8th graders in the region opted not to take the English exam, including 12% of Rochester City School District students.
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. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.