English, math scores deemed ‘unacceptable’

ROCHESTER — Only a quarter of Rochester city students in grades 3 through 8 met or exceeded the English proficiency standard on state tests, according to information from the New York State Education Department.

The department reported that 24.4 percent of students who met or exceeded the English standard is down from 25.3 percent last year. Twenty-nine percent of students met or exceeded the math standard, which is an increase from the 28 percent of students who met the standard last year.

Statewide, English scores have dropped slightly from last year, according to education officials, while average math scores have remained stable.

"These results are unacceptable," interim Superintendent Bolgen Vargas said in a statement. "We have examples of schools with good results, and schools that are making great gains. Our focus now is on replicating the success of these schools districtwide."

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