Every Child is Successful
What does this measure?
The percent of students tested who met or exceeded the state standard on the NYS Grade 8 Math exam. 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?
The middle school math examination serves as a checkpoint for high school preparation. Performance on this exam can help predict high school success in math.
How is our region performing?
In 2016, 15% of eighth-graders in our region passed the math exam (met or exceeded state standards), lower than the statewide rate of 24%. Livingston County had the highest passing rate of 8th graders amoung the counties (26%) and outperformed the region by 11 points in 2016. In Rochester, only 8 students attending traditional public schools passed (less than 1%), compared to the Rochester charter school pass rate of 6% (16 students). About 18% of all 8th graders in Rochester public schools who took the exam attended charter schools.
Some 8th graders take the Regents algebra exam instead of the state math exam for 8th graders, which impacts the results.
In addition, 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. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.