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Source: New York State Education Department

What does this measure?

The percent of students tested who met or exceeded the state standard on the NYS Grade 8 English 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?

The middle school English examination serves as a checkpoint for high school preparation. Performance on this exam can help predict high school success in English.

How is our region performing?

Passing rates were higher for Asian and white students in the region (55% and 48%, respectively) than for Hispanic and African American students (20% and 17% respectively) in 2019. Regional rates were lower than state rates for each demographic, with particular disparities for Hispanic and African American students (gaps of 19 and 20 points from state rates).

The passing rates for Rochester school district Hispanic and African American students were both at 9%. Statewide, 39% of Hispanic and 37% of African American students passed this test.

We note that a substantial number of students did not take state exams in 2019 due to parent concerns about testing in schools. In our region in 2019, 15% of 3rd-8th graders in the region opted not to take the English exam. In 2019, Spencerport School District had the highest opt-out rate, at 39%, while the Rochester City School District had the lowest rate at 5%. 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, making prior years' results non-comparable. 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. Due to the state's new two-session test design and performance standards, the 2018 grades 3-8 results cannot be compared with prior-year results, though results from 2013 to 2017 are provided for context.

Subgroup data is not published for small groups (fewer than six students) in order to protect the confidentiality of students.

Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.

Student Performance on Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity, 2019
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS70%37%39%53%
NYS (excluding NYC)68%26%30%50%
Region55%17%20%48%
Monroe55%16%19%52%
Surrounding Counties54%20%25%44%
Genesee50%17%23%45%
Livingston50%N/A19%46%
Ontario56%20%24%53%
Orleans18%26%37%
Seneca13%20%30%
Wayne23%25%38%
Wyoming50%45%
Yates29%39%
Rochester School District10%9%9%24%
Rochester Charter Schools33%33%18%
Batavia School District20%14%47%
Canandaigua School DistrictN/A38%64%
Geneva School DistrictN/A18%45%

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Data not available for some groups in some counties and districts. Data shows students passing at level 3 or higher. Due to major changes in 2013, previous results are not comparable but provided for context.




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity, 2019
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS12,01510,80816,37029,243
NYS (excluding NYC)3,5102,6253,77022,377
Region1512482362,657
Monroe1382291721,356
Surrounding Counties1319641,301
Genesee346205
Livingston305191
Ontario10519363
Orleans3993
Seneca1256
Wayne719241
Wyoming4111
Yates241
Rochester School District5734331
Rochester Charter Schools77244
Batavia School District3147
Canandaigua School District05102
Geneva School District0925

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Data not available for some groups in some counties and districts. Data shows students passing at level 3 or higher. Due to major changes in 2013, previous results are not comparable but provided for context.




Student Performance on Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity, 2013
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS52%16%18%45%
NYS (excluding NYC)59%15%22%44%
Region52%11%18%45%
Monroe52%10%17%50%
Surrounding Counties45%17%21%38%
Genesee43%23%29%40%
Livingston63%11%N/A36%
Ontario39%15%17%44%
Orleans17%26%30%
Seneca27%38%30%
Wayne13%22%38%
Wyoming37%
Yates30%
Rochester School District6%4%5%19%
Rochester Charter Schools16%21%19%
Batavia School District25%23%43%
Canandaigua School District25%49%
Geneva School District13%11%32%

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Data not available for some groups in some counties and districts. Data shows students passing at level 3 or higher. Due to major changes in 2013, previous results are not comparable but provided for context.




Number of Students Passing Grade 8 English by Race/Ethnicity, 2013
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS8,4215,8438,09643,652
NYS (excluding NYC)3,2612,3023,41739,071
Region1942342044,186
Monroe1792071572,491
Surrounding Counties1527471,695
Genesee368229
Livingston510216
Ontario7711475
Orleans49118
Seneca3592
Wayne613378
Wyoming128
Yates59
Rochester School District4522536
Rochester Charter Schools3154
Batavia School District4360
Canandaigua School District2131
Geneva School District3424

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Data not available for some groups in some counties and districts. Data shows students passing at level 3 or higher. Due to major changes in 2013, previous results are not comparable but provided for context.







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