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Three Quarters of NYC Public High School Students Meet Proficiency Standards in English and Math, But Gaps in Progress for English Language Learners Exist

Three Quarters of NYC Public High School Students Meet Proficiency Standards in English and Math, But Gaps in Progress for English Language Learners Exist

The share of English language learners passing the ELA Regents Exam dropped from 47.8 percent in SY 2011 to 45.6 percent in SY 2012. Explore this map and others on KT Online.

Summer is right around the corner and the school year is winding down, but New York City high school students are still working hard, studying for state Regents Examinations.

Public high school students who entered the ninth grade in 2008 or later are required to take and pass – with scores of 65 or higher – five Regents Examinations in the core areas of English Language Arts (ELA), Math, Global History and Geography, U.S. History and Government, and Science in order to graduate with a Regents Diploma.[1]

CCC’s Keeping Track Online includes several measures of New York City’s public high school students, including proficiency in ELA and Math as measured by the Regents Exam results. These are considered key metrics of student performance by the New York State Department of Education.

The latest data, from the 2012 school year, show that about three-quarters (74.6 percent) of the nearly 80,000 New York City public students who entered ninth grade in 2008 had passed their ELA Regents with a score of 65 or higher after four years of instruction, up slightly from 73.5 percent in school year 2011. Students saw similar gains in the Math Regents, with 74.5 percent passing in school year 2012, up from 72.8 percent in school year 2011.

From school year 2011 to school year 2012, citywide gains were made by students across all major racial/ethnic groups, economic status, both genders, and in both general education and special education programs for students with disabilities.

A notable exception to these citywide gains is the share of English language learners who passed the ELA Regents, which dropped 2.2 percentage points in school year 2012 to 45.6 percent.

Also, several community school districts saw drops in performance in both ELA and Math from school year 2011 to school year 2012, including Central Harlem and Washington Heights in Manhattan, Mott Haven and Hunts Point in the Bronx, and Bedford Stuyvesant and Brownsville in Brooklyn.

CCC wishes all of New York City’s high school students good luck on the 2013 Regents Exams!

Browse more data on the Regents Exam results as well as other education indicators on KT Online!


[1] Students entering ninth grade prior to 2008 had the option to graduate with a Local Diploma, which required passing five Regents Exams with scores of 55 or higher. The Local Diploma was completely phased out for ninth grade general education students entering high school in 2008.

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