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San Leandro Students Score Below State, County Averages on Standardized Tests

Among the test averages, San Leandro students fell below in English-language arts and math compared to state and county averages.

San Leandro students are scoring below the state and county averages in standardized English-Language Arts and math tests, according to test results released Friday morning.

Nearly 5 million 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.

San Leandro students not only fell below the state average is test scores, it also fell below the county’s average. Approximately 62 percent of Alameda County students scored proficient or advanced on the English-Language Arts test, while 55.3 percent scored at grade-level or higher in math.

Below is a breakdown of test results for :

  • A total of 49.2 percent of students tested scored at grade-level or higher in English-Language Arts.
  • A total of 37.4 percent of students tested scored at grade-level or higher in math.
  • A total of 49.3 percent of students tested scored at grade-level or higher in science
  • A total of 36.6 percent of students tested scored at grade-level or higher in history.

See the full test results on the state Department of Education website here.  

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

Warren Albee September 01, 2012 at 08:01 PM
One last tidbit. These exams are NOT included in a students academic grade.The school and their teachers receive a report of how the did, but the students do not. The STAR exam is in May and the results arrive back at the school site during the summer. Thus, the STAR exam itself is not a part of their grade.The students know all of this , of course, and so more than a few of them scoff at these tests ...and literally color in the answer sheets at random. When evaluating these pass rate statistics, all this must be kept in mind. Clearly, something needs to change.
Warren Albee September 01, 2012 at 09:46 PM
STAR test results are broken into 5 categories, based on the # of correct student answers on a multiple choice, subject specific test. Students scoring 80-100% correct are called Advanced. 60-80% is Proficient. 40-60 % is called basic. 20 to 40% correct is called Below Basic. 0-20 % is Far Below Basic .At grade level ,a.k.a. proficient... is a score of60% or above, what most of us would call a D- grade. When we reread the statistics above, less than half of SLUS kids scored above 60% in English, and only a little over 1/3 "passed" math. On the STAR answer sheets, there are only 4 choices :A,B,C, and D. E has been eliminated. Thus, random guessing should produce a score of 25%, rather than 20%, and this is good enough to move a kid up from FBB to BB.
Elisabeth Huffmaster September 02, 2012 at 12:44 AM
I have a strange question perhaps. How many of our students are bilingual and how many have MORE than 2 languages that they use regularly. Can we compare these stats to county, state and national averages? The future promises to reward multi-lingualism in terms of international companies and cosmiopolitan requirements of especially city workers. Are we capitalizing on multi-lingual strengths as we teach in our classrooms? Could this help students want to test better if their multiple language abilities are honored and their linguistic knowledge discussed as relavant to some forms of test-taking?
Barry Kane September 02, 2012 at 01:30 AM
We are well below San Francisco Unified with a more multi-ethnic, multi-lingual and urban population in its public schools. San Leandro Unified is not performing well for its students, we should be ashamed.
Linda Thurston September 03, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I think Barry Kane is falsely imagining that San Francisco is more multi-ethnic and multi-lingual than San Leandro. I did not recheck the current stats just now, but a few years ago San Leandro was the most diverse school district in California according to state statistics. My students and I also compared us with New York City which keeps its statistics somewhat differently, but it appeared that our high school was also more diverse than any in NYC. Frankly, we might be the most diverse high school in the western hemisphere. In any case, we do have a large English language learner population. I think Warren Albee's comments about how the STAR test has no impact on students and that they don't take it seriously is quite true. Linda Thurston, journalism teacher at San Leandro High

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