The numbers are in on who “opted out” of state math exams this week.
Local school districts with some of the highest rates are:
In East Rochester — more than half of students opted out
Followed by Hilton — at 42%
And Greece with 40%
Not all schools are happy about this – especially because these numbers ultimately reflect on the school’s overall report card. However, some schools opt – out rates with math and ELA stayed pretty much the same.
Various schools such as Pittsford, West Irondequoit, and Brighton had little to no difference between the two test’s opt out rates. However, for some districts, the concern wasn’t the entire opt-out rate, but a specific class.
For example, the Gananda School District overall had 25% opt- out of the math portion, but when broken down, the Superintendent Dr. Shawn Van Scoy saw that 51% of 8th graders did not take the exam.
“When we have low participation rates, like we currently do in our eighth grade, that causes us difficulty to be able to engage in a meaningful dialog in our program,” said Van Scoy.
For the ELA opt out rate back in march, it was 30 percent in Rochester-area suburbs, and 11 percent in the Rochester City School District. The math rates will be calculated as a whole at the end of this week.