NYS testing results released

The New York State Education Department has released the results of statewide testing taken by students in grades 3-8 in April and May in both English Language Arts and mathematics.

Statewide, in ELA, 45.2 percent of all test takers in grades 3-8 scored at the proficient level (Levels 3 and 4). In math, 44.5 percent of all test takers in grades 3-8 scored at the proficient level.

This occurred at the same time that the statewide test refusal rate dropped to 18 percent, down from 19 percent in 2017.

The state tests are graded on scores ranging from Levels 1 to 4, with levels 3 and 4 meaning that a student meets the state standards and has achieved proficiency. Students scoring in levels 1 and 2 will need extra help to better understand the state standards.

Both testing percentages are increases from the 2017 results. However, the Education Department cautions not to compare these results with 2017 because the testing switched to a two-day program this past spring, down from three days in 2017. The department says the 2018 results will be able to be compared with the 2019 and 2020 results.

Read more about the state testing results.

The mean scores indicate that half of the students scored above that figure and half scored below. The maximum scores on the ELA exams vary by grade, ranging from a maximum score of 419 on the grade 6 exam to a 395 on the grade 8 exam. On the mathematics exam, the highest top scores would range from 416 on the grade 5 exam to 401 on the grade 3 exam.

Here are the specific Mayfield testing results:

Grade 3 ELA (71 students)

  • Level 1 – 15 students, 21%
  • Level 2  –  18 students, 25%
  • Level 3 – 32 students, 45%
  • Level 4 – 6 students, 8%
  • Levels 3 and 4 (proficiency), 54%
  • Mean score: 599

Grade 3 Math (75 students)

  • Level 1 – 18 students, 24%
  • Level 2 – 18 students, 24%
  • Level 3 – 22 students, 29%
  • Level 4 – 17 students, 23%
  • Levels 3 and 4 (proficiency), 52%
  • Mean score: 599

Grade 4 ELA (59 students)

  • Level 1 – 10 students, 17%
  • Level 2 – 21 students, 36%
  • Level 3 – 18 students, 31%
  • Level 4 – 10 students, 17%
  • Levels 3 and 4 (proficiency), 47%
  • Mean score: 600

Grade 4 Math (54 students)

  • Level 1: 9 students, 17%
  • Level 2 – 14 students, 26%
  • Level 3 – 15 students, 28%
  • Level 4 – 16 students, 30%
  • Levels 3 and 4 (proficiency),  57%
  • Mean score: 603

Grade 5 ELA (47 students)

  • Level 1: 18 students, 38%
  • Level 2: 20 students, 43%
  • Level 3: 7 students, 15%
  • Level 4: 2 students, 4%
  • Levels 3 and 4 (proficiency),  19%
  • Mean score: 595

Grade 5 Math (45 students)

  • Level 1:  18 students, 40%
  • Level 2: 6 students, 13%
  • Level 3: 13 students, 29%
  • Level 4: 8 students, 18%
  • Levels 3 and 4 (proficiency), 47%
  • Mean score: 599

Grade 6 ELA (67 students)

  • Level 1 – 14 students, 21%
  • Level 2 – 15 students, 22%
  • Level 3 – 11 students, 16%
  • Level 4 – 27 students, 40%
  • Levels 3 and 4 (proficiency), 57%
  • Mean score: 605

Grade 6 Math (67 students)

  • Level 1 – 8 students, 12%
  • Level 2 – 12 students, 18%
  • Level 3 – 27 students, 40%
  • Level 4 – 20 students, 30%
  • Levels 3 and 4 (proficiency), 70%
  • Mean score: 608

Grade 7 ELA (69 students)

  • Level 1 – 21 students, 30%
  • Level 2 – 22 students, 32%
  • Level 3 – 22 students, 32%
  • Level 4 – 4 students, 6%
  • Levels 3 and 4 (proficiency), 38%
  • Mean score:  598

Grade 7 Math (63 students)

  • Level 1 – 20 students, 32%
  • Level 2 – 21 students, 33%
  • Level 3 – 18 students, 29%
  • Level 4 – 4 students, 6%
  • Levels 3 and 4 (proficiency),  35%
  • Mean score: 596

Grade 8 ELA (49 students)

  • Level 1 – 14 students, 29%
  • Level 2 – 22 students, 45%
  • Level 3 – 8 students, 16%
  • Level 4 – 5 students, 10%
  • Levels 3 and 4 (proficiency), 27%
  • Mean score: 593

Grade 8 Math (32 students)

  • Level 1 – 17 students, 53%
  • Level 2 – 15 students, 47%
  • Level 3 – 0 students, 0%
  • Level 4 – 0 students, 0%
  • Levels 3 and 4 (proficiency), 0%
  • Mean score: 592

The opt-out rate (called the “test refusal rate by the state Education Department) declined statewide by one percent point in 2018 – to 18 percent, from 19 percent in 2017 and 21 percent in 2016.

The Mayfield opt-out rate, meaning students who did not take the tests with their parent’s permission, stood at 18.9 percent for the ELA exams and  22.4 percent on the mathematics exams. The 2017 opt-out figures were 16.5 percent for ELA and 22.2 percent for mathematics.