Data Provider: NYS Education Department
Student skills are assessed in English Language Arts (ELA) in grades 3 through 8. The number reported is the number of students scoring at or above proficiency. The percent reported is the number of students meeting proficiency divided by the number of student tested, multiplied by 100.
Assessments are offered in ELA at the elementary and middle-school levels. ELA tests are used to determine accountability for schools and districts. The assessments are based on state learning standards. Raw scores for these assessments are converted to four performance levels:
Students are considered to be proficient if they are achieving at a level 3 or 4.
The tests are intended to help improve teaching in classrooms and focus instruction on the needs of each student.
Prior to the 1998/99 school year, Pupil Evaluation Program (PEP) tests were the primary state measures of student performance. A key difference is these current tests are not minimum competency tests and are administered to students in grades 3 through 8.
For 2010, the State Board of Regents goal is to make college-readiness the State's Proficiency standard. As a result of raising the bar for what it means to be proficient, fewer students met or exceeded the new English proficiency standards in 2010 than in previous years.