Student Performance on Grade 4 English
What does this measure?
The percent of students tested who scored at level 3 or above-meeting or exceeding the state standard-on the state Grade 4 English exam. The test is scored by placing a student's performance in one of four levels.
Why is this important?
Early reading skills are critical to a successful school experience and a productive work life.
How is the region performing?
In 2016, 35% of fourth-graders in the region passed the English exam (met or exceeded state standards), below the state (excluding NYC) rate of 39%. The 2016 regional passing rate was 3 percentage points higher than in 2015. Regionally, school district passing rates were lowest in the districts of Poughkeepsie (12%), Northeast and Onteora (both at 18%). The highest rates were in Cornwall (69%), Tuxedo (63%) and Greenwood Lake (60%).
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. The large percentage of students not taking the exam may have an effect on overall achievement levels and should therefore give caution when interpreting results. The opt out rate was 37% for Ulster and 32% for both Dutchess and Orange.
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 addition to the shift to Common Core Standards in 2013, the state in 2010 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.