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Details on the schools data used in this guide

Rochester Business Journal
June 10, 2016

The 2016 Schools Report Card contains information and data on more than 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. Profiles of BOCES and charter schools follow the public schools section for Monroe County.

The private schools section also is organized alphabetically by school. Those listed are schools for which the state Education Department has data or that responded to a Rochester Business Journal survey.

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

  • 2015-16 Facts & Figures, published by the Four County School Boards Association;
  • 2016 Facts & Figures, published by the Monroe County School Boards Association;
  • New York State School and District Report Cards and other reports for school year 2014-15 (the most recent year available) from the state Department of Education;
  • New York State Non-Public School Comprehensive Information Reports for school year 2014-15;
  • 2016-17 New York State Property Tax Report Cards;
  • the U.S. Census Bureau and individual schools and districts; and
  • 2014-15 New York State Basic Educational Data System Personnel Master File Standard Statistical Runs.


Abbreviations
NA: Not available or not applicable
NR: Not ranked

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

  • Enrollment: Enrollments for districts, public schools and charter schools are preliminary 2015-16 figures reported by New York.
  • Spending per pupil: 2015-16 expenditures divided by enrollment
  • True tax rate: Per $1,000 of assessed property value
  • Average class size: For self-contained classes, grades one through six
  • Annual attendance and suspensions data: For the 2013-14 school year, the most recent year available
  • Regents diploma data: For the 2014-15 school year


Test scores: The state uses a four-tier scoring system. Public school and private school test results are for one year. Test scores and exam figures reported at the district level may include students in alternative settings or in special education programs outside the district, which are not included in the figures for individual schools within the district. 

  • • Fourth-grade and eighth-grade English and mathematics exams: Starting in 2013, New York State began administering assessments of student performance based on the new Common Core State Standards for English language arts and mathematics. Tests graded at NYS Performance Level 4 indicate that the student excelled in standards for his or her grade.
  • • Fourth- and eighth-grade science exams: Tests graded at NYS Performance Level 4 indicated that the student met standards with distinction.
  • • Regents exams: These tests are administered to high school students. The state scores the exams on a 100-point scale. A student scoring 85 or higher attains the superior level. Public-school and private-school results are for one year. Regents math scores are reported for the integrated algebra examination, one of several Regents math tests currently administered.
  • • 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.


Additional notes
The Graduation Rates chart ranks districts by the percentage of students entering ninth grade in 2011 who graduated from high school by June 2015.

The Teacher Pay chart uses data from the 2014-15 New York State Basic Educational Data System Personnel Master File. Median salary is reported for full-time teachers; other figures include full- and part-time teachers.

The Superintendent Pay chart is based on 2016-17 school administrator salary figures from the state.

The percentages for student racial/ethnic origin excludes prekindergarten.

6/10/2016 (c) 2016 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or email service@rbj.net.


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