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 Ulster County performing?
In 2016, 29% of fourth-graders in Ulster passed the English exam, a 3 percentage point increase from 2015, and lower than both region and state (excluding NYC) rates (35% and 39% respectively). Within Ulster, New Paltz had the highest passing rate at 54%, while Onteora had the lowest passing rate at 18%, a 28 point decrease over the previous year.
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 give caution when interpreting results. The opt out rate for Ulster was 37% and 32% in 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.