Stanford University study: Rochester schools last in U.S. in growth

December 05, 2017

By Justin Murphy

A novel, large-scale study from Stanford University shows Rochester-area primary schools are dead last among the 200 largest cities in the country for academic growth.

The study, from Stanford's Center for Education Policy Analysis, examines standardized test score results for all Rochester children and reports the apparent progress by cohort year — that is, how much more 2017 eighth-graders know compared to 2016 seventh-graders.

According to the study, students in Rochester, including district and charter schools together, progressed 2.9 grade levels in five years from third grade to eighth grade, the worst mark among the 200 largest cities in the U.S.