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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 (62% and 49%, respectively) than for Hispanic and African American students (23% and 18% respectively) in 2018. Regional rates were lower than state rates for each demographic, with particular disparities for Hispanic and African American students (gaps of 15 and 19 points from state rates).

The passing rates for Rochester school district Hispanic and African American students were 10% and 9%, respectively. Statewide, 38% 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 2018 due to parent concerns about testing in schools. In our region in 2018, 19% of 3rd-8th graders in the region opted not to take the English exam. In 2018, Greece Central School District had the highest opt-out rate, at 39%, while the Rochester City School District had the lowest rate at 6%. 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, 2018
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS70%37%38%53%
NYS (excluding NYC)67%25%28%49%
Region62%18%23%49%
Monroe59%18%22%56%
Surrounding Counties83%15%27%43%
Genesee83%20%39%45%
Livingston50%N/A11%41%
Ontario83%19%21%49%
Orleans16%39%43%
SenecaN/A11%34%
Wayne8%30%37%
Wyoming29%53%
Yates29%27%
Rochester School District25%9%10%22%
Rochester Charter Schools33%40%36%
Batavia School District20%17%48%
Canandaigua School DistrictN/A50%65%
Geneva School District7%18%30%

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, 2018
AsianBlack or African AmericanLatino or HispanicWhite
NYS12,16910,48415,36128,486
NYS (excluding NYC)3,5112,3943,19021,583
Region1712722142,687
Monroe1422591611,453
Surrounding Counties2913531,234
Genesee537191
Livingston302159
Ontario24512310
Orleans39123
Seneca0150
Wayne218240
Wyoming2133
Yates228
Rochester School District14723833
Rochester Charter Schools96224
Batavia School District2156
Canandaigua School District04111
Geneva School District1512

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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