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Student Performance in Mathematics - Gr. 8 - Public Schools

Data Provider: NYS Education Department

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Related Indicators:

  • Student Math Performance - Gr. 8 - American Indian students [view data]
  • Student Math Performance - Gr. 8 - Asian students [view data]
  • Student Math Performance - Gr. 8 - Black students [view data]
  • Student Math Performance - Gr. 8 - ELL students [view data]
  • Student Math Performance - Gr. 8 - Gen Ed students [view data]
  • Student Math Performance - Gr. 8 - Hispanic students [view data]
  • Student Math Performance - Gr. 8 - Multiracial students [view data]
  • Student Math Performance - Gr. 8 [view data]
  • Student Math Performance - Gr. 8 - Students with disabilities [view data]
  • Student Math Performance - Gr. 8 - White students [view data]

Life Area:

Education

Definition:

The number reported is the number of students scoring at or above proficiency (level 3 or higher). The percent reported is the number of students meeting proficiency divided by the number of student tested, multiplied by 100.

Significance:

Assessments are offered in mathematics at the elementary and middle-school levels. Mathematics is one of the three areas 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:

  • Level 1: Not Meeting the Learning Standard. Student performance does not demonstrate an understanding of the content expected in the subject and grade level.
  • Level 2: Partially Meeting the Learning Standard. Student performance demonstrates a partial understanding of the content expected in the subject and grade level.
  • Level 3: Meeting the Learning Standard. Student performance demonstrates an understanding of the content expected in the subject and grade level.
  • Level 4: Meeting the Learning Standards with Distinction. Student performance demonstrates a thorough understanding of the content expected in the subject and grade level.

Students are considered to be proficient if they are achieving at a level 3 or 4.

Note:

Beginning in 2010, the State Board of Regents redefined the Mathematics proficiency standards. Higher cut scores were set as new standards to be aligned with the goal to ensure that all students graduate high school college-and-career-ready. As a result of raising the bar for what it means to be proficient, fewer students met or exceeded the new Math proficiency standards in 2014/15 than in previous years.

The 2017 Grade 8 Mathematics exams were different than those in past years: (1) the exams had fewer questions for every grade and (2) students who were working productively were allowed to complete their exams in an effort to reduce test-day stress for students.

Findings:

Approximately one in three (30.0%) grade 8 students scored at or above the level of proficiency, with 34.6% of New York City students and 24.8% of Rest of State students being at the proficient level. 

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