Area Students Struggling To Meet Proficiency

Eleven percent of Chautauqua County sixth-graders reached Level 4 on their English language arts assessment this past school year, the highest percentage for any cohort in math or ELA in the county.

The grades 3-8 assessment results were released by the state Education Department on Thursday.

Third- and fourth-grade math students scored the highest with 10 percent reaching the Level 4 proficiency level. Nine percent of sixth-graders, 7 percent of fifth-graders, 5 percent of seventh-graders and just 2 percent of eighth-graders reached Level 4 in math. In ELA, 8 percent of eighth-graders, 6 percent of fourth-graders, 5 percent of fifth-graders, 4 percent of seventh-graders and just 2 percent of third-graders reached Level 4.

At the opposite end of the scale, 44 percent of the 1,369 Chautauqua County fifth-graders tested and 44 percent of the 1,342 third-graders tested scored at a Level 1 proficiency level in ELA. In math, 43 percent of the 1,364 fifth-graders tested scored at a Level 1 proficiency level. Of the 1,365 fourth-graders and 1,489 seventh-graders tested, 40 percent scored at a Level 1 proficiency level for ELA while 32 percent of the 1,422 sixth-graders and 30 percent of the 1,394 eighth-graders also achieved just Level 1 proficiency scores. In math, 42 percent of the 1,439 seventh-graders, 39 percent of the 1,146 eighth-graders, 36 percent of the 1,367 fourth-graders, 32 percent of the 1,402 sixth-graders and 29 percent of the 1,326 third-graders scored at a Level 1 proficiency level.

In ELA, 32 percent of third-graders scored at a Level 2 proficiency while 22 percent scored at a Level 3. In fourth grade, 34 percent scored at Level 2 and 21 percent scored at Level 3. In fifth grade, 34 percent scored at Level 2 and 17 percent scored at Level 3. In sixth grade, 44 percent scored at Level 2 and 13 percent scored at Level 3. In seventh grade, 37 percent scored at Level 2 and 19 percent scored at Level 3. In eighth grade, 39 percent scored at Level 2 and 22 percent scored at Level 3.

In math, 34 percent of third-graders scored at a Level 2 proficiency while 27 percent scored at Level 3. Thirty-one percent of fourth-graders scored at Level 2 and 23 percent scored at Level 3. In fifth grade, 29 percent scored at Level 2 and 21 percent scored at Level 3. In sixth grade, 40 percent scored at Level 2 and 19 percent scored at Level 3. Thirty-three percent of seventh-graders scored at Level 2 and 19 percent scored at Level 3. In eighth grade, 42 percent scored at Level 2 and 17 percent scored at Level 3.

In Cattaraugus County, third- and fourth-graders scored the best in math with 15 percent of the 922 third-graders and 15 percent of the 912 fourth-graders reaching a Level 4 proficiency level. Fourteen percent of the 923 sixth-graders reached Level 4 while 10 percent of the 936 fifth-graders, 4 percent of the 938 seventh-graders and just 1 percent of the 768 eighth-graders doing the same.

In Cattaraugus County ELA, the top cohort was sixth-graders, where 10 percent of the 980 tested reached a Level 4 proficiency. Seven percent of the 927 fourth-graders, 7 percent of the 929 eighth-graders, 6 percent of the 968 fifth-graders, 3 percent of the 984 seventh-graders and just 2 percent of the 927 third-graders reached Level 4.

Cattaraugus County fifth-graders were at the bottom of the list for both math and ELA with 40 percent reaching Level 1 in math and 47 reaching Level 1 in ELA. Thirty-nine percent of seventh-graders, 35 percent of eighth-graders, 25 percent of sixth-graders, 24 percent of third-graders and 23 percent of fourth-graders scored at a Level 1 proficiency in math. In ELA, 41 percent of seventh-graders, 37 percent of third-graders, 32 percent of fourth-graders, 29 percent of sixth-graders and 28 percent of eighth-graders scored at a Level 1.

In math, 33 percent of Cattaraugus County third-graders scored at a Level 2 proficiency rate while 28 percent scored at a Level 3. In fourth grade, 36 percent scored at Level 2 and 27 percent scored at Level 3. Twenty-nine percent of fifth-graders scored at Level 2 and 22 percent scored at Level 3. In sixth grade, 41 percent scored at Level 2 and 21 percent scored at Level 3. Thirty-six percent of seventh-graders scored at Level 2 and 22 percent scored at Level 3. Fifty-two percent of eighth-graders scored at Level 2 and 12 percent scored at Level 3.

In ELA, 33 percent of third-graders scored at a Level 2 proficiency rate while 27 percent scored at a Level 3. In fourth grade, 42 percent scored at Level 2 and 20 percent scored at Level 3. Thirty-four percent of fifth-graders scored at Level 2 and 13 percent scored at Level 3. In sixth grade, 45 percent scored at Level 2 and 16 percent scored at Level 3. Thirty-eight percent of seventh-graders scored at Level 2 and 17 percent scored at Level 3. In eighth grade, 44 percent scored at Level 2 and 21 percent scored at Level 3.

The state Education Department considers students who score a Level 3 or Level 4 as meeting the proficiency standard while students who score a Level 1 or Level 2 are not considered to have met the proficiency standard.

A complete breakdown by school districts with comments from administrators will be available in The Sunday Post-Journal.