Student Performance on Grade 3 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 Grade 3 Math exam. The test is scored by placing a student’s performance in one of four levels.
Why is this important?
Development of early math skills is an important part of elementary schooling, and a foundation for continuing progress not only in math but also science and related subjects. Meeting state standards in the third grade indicates a student is on track to perform adequately in middle and high school math.
How are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
In 2011, 56% of third graders in Cayuga and 64% in Seneca passed the Grade 3 Math exam, compared to 62% in the state (excluding NYC). In 2010, performance fell across all counties and the state following adjustments to scoring. In 2011, Cayuga’s passing rate was about level with 2010, similar to the state, while Seneca boosted its passing rate from 59%. Passing rates in the comparison counties ranged from 50% in Oswego to 62% in Ontario.
In 2011 in Cayuga, Weedsport had the highest rate (78%) while Port Byron had the lowest rate (46%). In Seneca, Romulus Seneca Falls had the highest rates (93% and 79%, respectively), while South Seneca had the lowest rate (44%).
Notes about the data
In 2010, the state raised cut scores to require students to answer more questions correctly in order to earn a passing mark. This came after research indicated the state tests were not accurately assessing students’ current skills or likelihood of succeeding at the high school and college levels.