Student Performance on Grade 4 Math
What does this measure?
The percent of students tested who scored at level 3 or above-meeting or exceeding the state standard-on the New York State Grade 4 Math exam. The test is scored by placing a student's performance in one of four levels.
Why is this important?
Early development of mathematics concepts provides the basis for mastery of problem solving and computation skills.
How is Ulster County performing?
In 2016, 35% of fourth-graders in Ulster passed the Math exam (met or exceeded state standards), below the regional average of 40% and the state (excluding NYC) rate of 46%. Ulster had the lowest pass rate among counties in the region, with a decrease of 3 percentage points from 2015 to 2016. Among Ulster school districts, passing rates were highest in Marlboro (44%) and lowest in Ellenville (22%).
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 was 42% in Ulster, 36% in Dutchess and 35% in 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.