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Mt. Diablo Students Continue to Improve on California Standardized Tests 

 

District students continue to make academic gains on the 2012 STAR test with increasing numbers scoring proficient or advanced in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Students in grades two through eleven took the California Standards Tests (CSTs), California Modified Assessment (CMT), or California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA). English Learners who met certain criteria also took the Standards-based Test in Spanish (STS). The purpose of these tests is to determine how well students are achieving California’s content standards.

California students can attain one of five levels of performance on the CSTs for each subject tested: advanced, proficient, basic, below basic, and far below basic. The State Board of Education has established the proficient level as the desired achievement goal for all students. This goal is consistent with school growth targets for state accountability and the federal No Child Left Behind requirements. The state target is for all students to score at the proficient or advanced level.

60% of Mt. Diablo students who took the CST exam in English-Language Arts scored proficient or advanced and 53% scored proficient or advanced on the CST in Mathematics.

Most notable from these data are the significant gains made by our schools that received funding from the School Improvement Grant (SIG) the last two years – Bel Air Elementary, Rio Vista Elementary, and Shore Acres Elementary.  All three schools have over 50% of their students at proficient or advanced in mathematics.  These school communities have made strong commitments to raise student achievement through targeted and focused instruction and responsive interventions.

 

 

Bel Air

Rio Vista

Shore Acres

 

ELA

Math

ELA

Math

ELA

Math

2010

21%

41%

25%

42%

24%

41%

2012

32%

54%

36%

59%

37%

60%

Change

11%

13%

11%

17%

13%

19%

 

The data released by the state reflect STAR test scores.  The Academic Performance Index (API), state rankings, and Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) data are not expected to be released by the state until October.

These test results reflect an extremely dedicated group of teachers, supportive parents and a rigorous standards-based curriculum. Standardized test scores are important measures but should not be seen as the sole indicators of student learning.  They will continue to guide our staff in classroom instruction and support for all our students.

Individual student STAR reports will be mailed home on September 14.

For more information regarding STAR program and test results, go to http://star.cde.ca.gov/