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Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2007 10:00 pm

Lodi area schools made modest gains in this year's STAR results, while Galt schools saw scattered results.

The results, which the California Department of Education released Wednesday, reflect how students performed in standardized tests given this spring.

Test scores in language arts, one of the areas in which the district has historically lagged, rose two percentage points overall.

The tests evaluate second through 11th graders on various subjects, including language arts, mathematics, science and history. The tests rank students from "far below basic" proficiency to "advanced" and results show what percentage of students fall into those categories by class.

Bill Huyett, Lodi Unified superintendent, called performance in elementary mathematics "somewhat of a mixed bag."

Three grade levels moved up from last year in the levels of proficiency, while one stayed the same and two scored lower than last year.

Huyett said the drop in proficiency in the seventh grade level might be due to moving approximately 80 highly competent students into beginning algebra courses this year.

Early high school math scores took the greatest fall this year.

For example, students were 9 percentage points less proficient in geometry than they were last year.

"High school math is a concern for us," Huyett said.

However, 3 percent more students were proficient in Algebra II this year than last year. Scores for senior-level math also rose by 6 percentage points.

Test results in history showed less than favorable results for Lodi Unified. Scores in eighth-grade level history stayed the same, while proficiency in world and U.S. history fell by 1 and 4 percent respectively.

Lodi Unified School District
Second grade
Percentage Proficient: 36
Third grade
Percentage Proficient: 25
Fourth grade
Percentage Proficient: 42
Fifth grade
Percentage Proficient: 36
Sixth grade
Percentage Proficient: 37
Seventh grade
Percentage Proficient: 39
Eighth grade
Percentage Proficient: 36
Ninth grade
Percentage Proficient: 27
10th grade
Percentage Proficient: 33
11th grade
Percentage Proficient: 31

Galt Joint Union Elementary School District
Second grade
Percentage Proficient: 46
Third grade
Percentage Proficient: 40
Fourth grade
Percentage Proficient: 52
Fifth grade
Percentage Proficient: 44
Sixth grade
Percentage Proficient: 44
Seventh grade
Percentage Proficient: 42
Eighth grade
Percentage Proficient: 50

Galt Joint Union High School District
Ninth grade
Percentage Proficient: 54
10th grade
Percentage Proficient: 39
11th grade
Percentage Proficient: 37
The language arts proficiency tests are the only one of the 16 testing categories that assesses all the grade levels between second and 11th grade. The math proficiency tests are broken up into subject areas at the secondary education level. Science and history proficiency tests are broken up to subject areas and are not tested at all grade levels.
For more information on STAR testing results, visit http://star.cde.ca.gov/star2007/Viewreport.asp.

Overall, scores in high school science rose. Results showed that the number of students proficient in biology rose by 2 points, the number proficient in earth science rose by 6 points and the number proficient in physics rose by 8 points.

However, scores in high school chemistry dropped by 7 points.

While Huyett and district staff would have liked to have seen large, significant gains, he was glad to see moderate progress.

Huyett was quick to recognize the efforts of both students and educators during the past year.

"People are really working hard," Huyett said.

Results for Galt Joint Union High School District either held steady or dropped off from last year, according to Edith Crawford, assistant superintendent of curriculum for Galt High School District.

The district saw declines in both the math and history subject areas. Crawford said the decline in scores in the math content area could be due to an increased number of students taking algebra.

Galt Joint Union Elementary School District saw scattered results for its students. Some grade levels scored higher on the English-language arts part of the test, while others scored lower.

Math scores either stayed relatively consistent or dropped from last year.

Karen Schauer, assistant superintendent of Galt Elementary, said mathematics is a definite improvement area for the district.

Schauer said that she saw some breakthroughs in select areas - specifically noting the 17 point jump from third to fourth grade language arts.

However, Schauer said she didn't know what to make of the scores as a whole.

"I don't see any consistent gains from one grade level to the next," Schauer said.

Scores from the California Standards Tests, which is part of the STAR program, are used to determine a school's Academic Performance Index, or API.

A school's API is a reflection of how well a school performed during the last school year.

California Standards Tests also help determine whether schools and districts meet their Adequate Yearly Progress requirements under the No Child Left Behind, or NCLB, Act.

API and AYP results will be released on Aug. 31.

Contact reporter Amanda Dyer at amandad@lodinews.com.

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8 comments:

  • posted at 2:51 pm on Sat, Aug 18, 2007.

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    English as a FIRST language!!

    Viva America!!

     
  • posted at 1:47 am on Fri, Aug 17, 2007.

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    At SAIT schools, they have butchered the school day so bad, that students only take history and science for a semester all year. Then they are supposed to pass a standardized test that assumes they had science and history for a year. In reality, they are doing real well if they get 50% or higher on those sections.

     
  • posted at 1:44 am on Fri, Aug 17, 2007.

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    As long as you have educational leaders more concerned about emphasizing subcultures and languages, and not assimilating into the "American culture", these students will not be concerned about learning English or anything else. If they need something, the government, or businesses will just hand it to them. These students go to school for free breakfast and lunch, not to work. They see signs written in their own languages. Huyett should be fired along with his cronies.

     
  • posted at 1:27 am on Fri, Aug 17, 2007.

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    If anyone truely believes that the test scores are a true reflection of the learning of children,their abilities,their aspirations of the future you are sadly mistaken. School testing has just brought more consultants to schools and is all about money, not the student.

     
  • posted at 1:02 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2007.

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    If they can't read by the time they are in middle school, maybe we should get serious and kick them out of school. If they can't pass the classes, instead of promoting dummies each year and dumping these numbskulls on the next year teachers, which holds back kids who try, we can have them learn to pick strawberries or sort trash at the recycling center.

     
  • posted at 1:01 pm on Thu, Aug 16, 2007.

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    Figures lie and liars figure. Why are so many LUSD high school graduates illiterate? Of course the smart kids scores increase? What about the "dumbos" taking 8th grade reading classes for the third time. It thought kids were supposed to read by the THIRD grade, not wait until high school. These aren't "English learners" but the kids of the "Good ol boyz". Very disgusting.

     
  • posted at 10:55 am on Thu, Aug 16, 2007.

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    As long as he has the current board members, Hyuett is going anywhere.

     
  • posted at 5:15 am on Thu, Aug 16, 2007.

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    just what are those numbers compared to? give last years figures, too, and then huyett will surely will be job hunting. this lodi education system goes backwards every year under huyett.

     

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