The Bottom Line

  • This is the first year in which students took State tests in Grades 3,4,5,6,7, and 8.

  • With the new individual student data system - announced earlier this month - schools will soon be able to track students throughout the grades and get a comparison of learning from year to year.

  • Schools will also see the relative performance of students in any year across the grade levels.

  • Statewide, we can see that the substantial decline in student performance in reading and writing begins after Grade 5.