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State of the children report shows gains, struggles

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Compared to last year, more City of Rochester 4-year-olds are enrolled in pre-k programs, more 3- year-olds have received comprehensive early intervention screenings, and more city high school students have applied for college financial aid.

These are some of the gains highlighted by ROC the Future's annual State of the Children report. The coalition tracks student achievement and tries to identify ways the community can help children be more successful.

The report also shows some areas where schools and students still struggle. For example, only 1 percent of city eighth graders passed the most recent state math assessment.

Similarly, only 10 percent of city third graders read at the level they're supposed to. That's an increase from 6.6 percent in 2015 and 8.2 percent last year, but the numbers are still incredibly low. And while pre-k enrollment has increased, over 60 percent of students in city pre-k programs are chronically absent, according to the report.

Reading skills and absenteeism have "an enormous negative affect on students' overall academic success," ROC the Future Alliance director Jack Campbell said in a press release on the report.

More details from the report are available at http://www.actrochester.org/roc-the-future.

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