Before you start examining the data, please note that this data summarizes the performance of nearly one million students. Of which, 66% are classified as poor (see top of page). The ethnic breakout is as follows: 14% White, 15% Asian, 31% Black, and 40% Hispanic. Pretty generic, but I guess that's the best we're going to get here.
I want to first write specifically about the test my class took, the Integrated Algebra Regents Exam.
From the data provided, it seems our students scored pretty miserably with a 58% passing rate (compared to about an 80% passing rate for the rest of New York State). Only 7% of students who took the exam scored high enough to master the material ("advanced" column), which is also the lowest mastery level on any exam available.
Don't worry kids, this is like golf. Lowest score wins. We win!The final column ("Prev. Standard") shows how our passing rate was last year. This really shows nothing because a 55 isn't considered passing anymore (it was last year). I guess increasing standards on a shitty test in a terrible education system doesn't show progress either. Whoops!
Finally, if you scroll through all of the exams, you'll note most students did incredibly well on the Regents Exams having to do with languages. Well done, I have to say. Too bad New York State doesn't require a language Regent in order to graduate.
Of course, it's no surprise that the only 100% on the board goes to those who took the German language Regents Exam. Glückwünsche!