Student Performance on Grade 4 English, by Race/Ethnicity
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, broken down by students' race or ethnicity. 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?
Passing rates were higher for white students (36%) than for Hispanic and African American students (17% and 15%, respectively) in 2016. Ulster had lower passing rates for all racial/ethnic groups among the counties in the region and state (excluding NYC).
Rates were especially low for Hispanic students in Kingston (13%). The small student populations for some racial/ethnic groups in a number of school districts resulted in their exclusion from this analysis.
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% for both Orange and Dutchess.
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.
Test results for small racial groups were not disclosed to protect student privacy. Data for this indicator are expected to be released in the third quarter.