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Lodi students improve in state tests results; Galt student scores vary

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Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 12:33 pm | Updated: 7:57 am, Sat Sep 1, 2012.

Local students are generally improving in core subjects like math, science, history and English, but still have progress to make to match statewide results, according to annual standardized test results released Friday by the California Department of Education.

The tests evaluate second- through 11th-graders on various subjects, including language arts and mathematics. The tests, taken last spring, rank students from “far below basic” proficiency to “advanced,” and results show what percentage of students fall into those categories by grade level.

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.

In Galt, elementary students saw the greatest improvement over last year’s scores, with eighth-graders making the biggest strides on the history exam. Sixty-six percent scored proficient or advanced, compared to 59 percent last year.

The district also improved on the English-language arts given to all students in second- through eighth-grade; this year 63 percent had proficient or advanced scores compared to 60 percent last year. Second- through seventh-grade students improved slightly on the math exam, but dropped a bit in science. Still, 71 percent are at proficient or advanced.

When comparing grade levels, the district’s third- and sixth-graders saw the most improvement on the entire STAR exam. Seven percent and 8 percent more, respectively, are proficient or advanced.

Galt high school students, too, saw improvements on the history portion, but went down in both the English-language arts an science portions. Tenth-graders, the only scores released to the public, dropped five percentage points in science when it came to the number who scored at proficient or above.

Lodi Unified students improved their scores by at least one percent in all four testing categories. The biggest jumps were in math and English and language arts.

In English and language arts, 49 percent of students from second to 11th grade scored proficient or advanced.  That is an increase from 46 percent in 2011.

In history, 46 percent of students in grades eight and 11 earned a proficient or advanced ranking. The percentage jumped from 45 percent last year.

In math, 46 percent of students in second through seventh grades earned a proficient or advanced ranking.  That is an improvement from 43 percent in 2011.

Lodi students were ranked highest in science. 53 percent of students in grades five, eight and ten earned a ranking of proficient or advanced. The percentage jumped from 51 percent last year.

Overall, there is a smaller percentage of students earning proficient or advanced rankings in all subjects in Lodi than in the state of California.

Fifty-four percent of students in the state are proficient or advanced in English and language arts. Forty eight percent are proficient or advanced in history. Exactly 50 percent of students are proficient or advanced in math, and 57 percent of students earned a proficient or advanced score in science.

Contact reporter Sara Jane Pohlman at sarap@lodinews.com or reporter Jennifer Bonnett at jenniferb@lodinews.com. For more information about local education issues, read our Education Café blog.

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