Student Performance on Regents English
What does this measure?
The percent of students tested who met state standards – scoring a 65 or higher – on the English Regents exam.
Why is this important?
Passing the Regents English exam is required for high school graduation. Beyond that, mastery of communication skills, including reading, writing, speaking and listening, is critical for success at college and in the workplace.
How are Cayuga and Seneca counties performing?
In 2010, the percent of students that passed the English Regents exam was 84% in Cayuga and 87% in Seneca, compared to 83% in the state (excluding NYC). Cayuga had the lowest passing rate of the six counties, while Wayne and Ontario had the highest passing rates, 90% and 92%, respectively. The passing rate in Cayuga increased from 79% in 2000 and has remained between 84%–87% since 2004. In Seneca, the passing rate peaked at 91% in 2008 before declining by a few points in 2009 and 2010. Among school districts, Weedsport, Southern Cayuga, Romulus, Seneca Falls and South Seneca all had passing rates above 90% in 2010.
Notes about the data
The English exam was revised for the 2001 administration. The state has allowed students to pass Regents exams with a score of 55 for the last several years but is phasing in a higher bar of 65 or better. The class of 2010 was required to pass three of the five required exams (math, English, global history, U.S. history and science) at the 65 level. The class of 2012 will have to earn at least a 65 on all five exams to graduate.