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Sources and explanations for the school data

The 2011 Schools Report Card is packed with information and data on some 250 public and private schools. Here are details about the contents of this special publication and notes on how the material was obtained.

Categories
In the public schools section for each county, districts are organized alphabetically. The material is presented district by district. Profiles of the schools in each district are listed alphabetically by school.
 
The private schools section also is organ-ized alphabetically by school. Those listed are schools for which the state Education Department has data or that responded to a Rochester Business Journal survey. To quickly locate a particular school profile, go to the index on page 67.

Data sources
The sources used to compile the information contained in this publication are:

  • 2009-2010 Facts & Figures, published by the Four County School Boards Association.
  • New York State School and District Report Cards for School Year 2009-2010 (the most recent year available).
  • New York State Non-public School Comprehensive Information Reports for School Year 2009-2010.
  • The U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Individual schools and districts.

Abbreviations
NA: Not available or not applicable

Definitions
The following definitions of terms used in the district and school profiles are organized as they appear on the page:
 

  • True tax rate: Per $1,000 of assessed property value.
  • Title I: Short for Title I, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, reauthorized by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This is the largest federal assistance program for the nation’s schools. The goal of Title I is a highly qualified education for every child, so the program provides extra support to help students who need it most. These children are the farthest from meeting the standards the state has set for all children.
  • Regents diploma data: For the 2009-10 school year.
  • Test scores: The state uses a four-tier scoring system. Public school and private school test results are for one year.
  • 4th-grade English exam: New assessments for elementary English language arts were administered starting in 2006. A student scoring 716 or higher attains the superior level (Level 4); 650 or higher demonstrates a basic-skills level (Level 3-4). The state scores the 4th-grade English exam on a 775-point scale.
  • 4th-grade mathematics exam: New assessments for elementary mathematics were administered starting in 2006. A student scoring 702 or higher attains the superior level (Level 4); 650 or higher demonstrates a basic-skills level (Level 3-4). The state scores the 4th-grade mathematics exam on an 800-point scale.
  • 8th-grade English exam: New assessments for middle-level English language arts were administered starting in 2006. A student scoring 715 or higher attains the superior level (Level 4); 650 or higher demonstrates a basic-skills level (Level 3-4). The state scores the 8th-grade English exam on a 790-point scale.
  • 8th-grade mathematics exam: New assessments for middle-level mathematics were administered starting in 2006. A student scoring 701 or higher attains the superior level (Level 4); 650 or higher demonstrates a basic-skills level (Level 3-4). The state scores the 8th-grade mathematics exam on a 775-point scale.
  • 4th- and 8th-grade science exams: A student scoring 85 or higher attains the superior level (Level 4); 65 or higher demonstrates a basic-skills level (Level 3-4). The state scores the science exam on a 100-point scale.
  • Regents exams: These tests are administered to high school students. A student scoring 85 or higher attains the superior level; 65 or higher demonstrates a basic-skills level. The state scores the exams on a 100-point scale. Public school and private school results are for one year.
  • Superior test score: Students who scored in the highest group (85-100 for Regents exams; Level 4 for 4th- and 8th-grade exams) are defined as having super-ior performance. Differences in test scores and exam figures between a school district and a school can result because students placed by the district in alternative settings might have taken exams that accrued to the school; in addition, if a special education program student goes to another school outside the district, the district is accountable for the child rather than the school the student would have attended if he or she had stayed in the district.
  • SAT scores: The SAT exam is administered by the non-profit College Board to test writing, reading and mathematical abilities. Scores range from 200 to 800. The SAT is required by many colleges and financial aid programs. Results listed here are provided by the state Education Department or individual schools.    

6/24/11 (c) 2011 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail rbj@rbj.net.
 

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