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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 3 English exam. Student performance is scored from level 1 to 4. The state standard for passing is met by scoring at level 3 or 4.

Why is this important?

Early reading skills are critical to a successful school experience and a productive work life.

How is our region performing?

In 2019, 44% of third-graders in our region met or exceeded the state standard in English Language Arts, below the statewide rate of 52%, and up from 29% in 2013. Among counties, the highest passing rate was in Livingston at 48%. Orleans County (47%) had the 2nd highest passing rate followed by Genesee County (46%) and Monroe County (45%).

In Rochester, only 18% of students attending traditional public schools passed the exam, while 50% of students in charter schools did. Across Rochester, roughly 36% of third-graders who took the exam in 2019 attended charter schools, while 64% attended district schools.

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

Student Performance on Grade 3 English
2013201420152016201720182019
NYS31%32%31%42%43%51%52%
NYS (excluding NYC)33%32%31%42%41%49%49%
Region29%31%29%37%37%43%44%
Monroe31%32%30%37%38%44%45%
Surrounding Counties27%29%27%37%35%41%42%
Genesee28%34%27%41%36%48%46%
Livingston22%28%31%34%35%41%48%
Ontario31%32%31%42%39%41%44%
Orleans26%27%21%31%36%42%47%
Seneca28%26%24%37%25%32%35%
Wayne26%25%24%34%35%37%36%
Wyoming26%38%23%41%35%43%41%
Yates25%15%20%30%28%45%35%
Rochester School District6%5%7%8%10%17%18%
Rochester Charter Schools25%29%30%43%50%50%50%
Batavia School District22%23%24%42%38%46%40%
Canandaigua School District32%34%34%47%45%44%46%
Geneva School District20%16%14%22%19%20%24%

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Data shows students passing at level 3 or higher. Data is not reported for groups of less than 6 students.




Number of Students Passing Grade 3 English
2013201420152016201720182019
NYS61,24060,08251,91271,36773,92887,42789,954
NYS (excluding NYC)39,20036,35927,83437,75538,97546,44647,892
Region3,5993,7602,8684,0104,0584,8994,971
Monroe2,3722,4541,8772,5012,6043,1523,250
Surrounding Counties1,2271,3069911,5091,4541,7471,721
Genesee169210137236203284268
Livingston124168141173182206250
Ontario354371298436408435451
Orleans11110671109124157168
Seneca827652886690100
Wayne274244212316347370336
Wyoming801116011386125106
Yates33202038388042
Rochester School District124119138177214355360
Rochester Charter Schools527371125196219206
Batavia School District42393772588566
Canandaigua School District82898010511297105
Geneva School District30251933262835

Source: New York State Education Department
Notes: Data shows students passing at level 3 or higher. Data is not reported for groups of less than 6 students.











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