The same percentage of Lodi Unified School District students as last year scored at or above proficient in the annual STAR examinations, according to standardized test results released Monday by the California Department of Education.
Like last year, more than half of the students in Lodi Unified schools met or exceeded grade-level math standards, but only 45 percent of the district’s students met grade-level English-language arts standards.
The district’s general sense is that students’ scores have improved in both subjects, but staff recognize they are both areas that are a continual primary focus, according to Ed Eldridge, program coordinator of assessment, research and evaluation.
“As we continue our analysis of the information released (Monday), we will be sharing the results with our leadership team and Board of Education to identify our strongest areas of success and opportunities,” he said. He declined to provide specifics until his staff has time to further review the scores.
The annual tests evaluate secondthrough 11th-graders on various subjects, including language arts and mathematics. The tests, taken by 21,881 students last spring, rank students from “far below basic” proficiency to “advanced,” and results show what percentage of students fall into those categories by class.
Statewide, students continue to steadily improve their performance across the board, with a larger proportion than ever scoring proficient or higher on this year’s exams in English-language arts, mathematics, science, and history-social science.
Approximately 4.7 million students participated in the 2011 STAR program, with 54 percent scoring proficient or above in English-language arts and 50 percent scoring at proficient or above in mathematics, the highest percentage since the program’s inception in 2003.
On average, local students’ scores in English remain significantly lower than their peers across the state. At a glance:
- 45 percent met or exceeded grade-level standards in English-language arts, which was the same as last year, a 2-percent increase from 2008 and 9 percent since 2007.
- For math, 52 percent of primary-level students scored at proficient or above, compared to 51 last year.
- The district’s seventh graders had among the highest number of students that exceeded grade-level standards in English-language arts than any other grade.
- In math, it was the fourth-graders with the highest scores.
The State Board of Education has established the “proficient” level as the desired achievement goal for all students. The target is for all students to score at the proficient or advanced level.
In the nine years since all the CSTs have been completely aligned to the California content standards, the percentage of students scoring at the proficient or advanced level increased by 19 points in English-language arts, or from 35 percent to 54 percent, and 15 points in mathematics, from 35 percent to 50 percent.
Since last year, the percentage of students at or above the proficient level increased by 2 points in English-language arts and 2 points in mathematics.
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