San Ramon Valley Students Show Improvement on Standardized Tests

Students scored well in English, math and writing

San Ramon Valley students continue to score well and show improvement in standardized English-Language Arts and math tests, according to state test results released Friday morning.

Nearly 5 million California students took the 2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting assessment, known as STAR, last spring and 57 percent of them scored proficient or better in English-language arts, up from 54 percent in 2011.

Fifty-one percent scored proficient or better in math, according to the California Department of Education.

Growth of proficiency in core academic subjects based on the test scores has continued throughout the state and region, according to the state Department of Education.

In the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, more than 23,000 students in grades 2 through 11 took the STAR exams.

Of those, 86 percent scored proficient or better in the English-Language Arts test while almost 80 percent scored proficient or above in the math section.

The largest percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced was at fourth grade, where 93 percent of students scored proficient or advanced in English-Language Arts while 91% of second, third and fourth graders scored proficient or advanced in math.

San Ramon Valley students also continued to see increases in writing scores. On the essay portion of the test given in grades 4 and 7, 98 percent of fourth grade students received a passing score. That was up 13 percentage points from last year.

About 80 percent of 7th grade students received the highest score possible on the Writing portion, 4 percentage points higher than last year.

“It is exciting to see continuous improvement in an already high-achieving district, particularly when we continue to add and test more and more students,” said Superintendent Mary Shelton in a press release issued by the district.

For more information about the STAR Test results, visit http://preview.cde.ca.gov/star/star2012/


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