Reading proficiency rises

ROCHESTER — More Rochester City School District students in grades 3 to 8 were reading proficient last year but their scores remain below the state average.

Nearly 7 percent of students were rated proficient — receiving a level 3 or 4 score — in the English Language Arts exam, while the math scores remained flat at 7 percent proficient, according to a New York State Education Department report at The number of Rochester students who were near proficient, scoring a level 2, rose 6.6 percent to 28. 2 percent, district officials noted. Statewide, scores rose 6.6 percent to 37.9 percent reading proficient and increased by 1 percent to 39.1 percent for math.

Rochester students continue to lag behind other urban districts in New York and suburban districts in Monroe County, according to a statement from the district. To help increase scores, the district has made additional investments in prekindergarten and special-education programs and developed a new K-2 English curriculum.

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