Cabrillo Unified School District schools show gains in some areas following last year’s state-administered Standardized Testing and Reporting.
Comparisons for subjects tested within a particular grade for the 2011-2012 school year are now available.
“The high school made a big jump. Cunha made some improvement,” said Elizabeth Schuck, Cabrillo’s assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
The district lagged a bit behind some state averages but made strides compared to some of its own scores last year.
District officials will be preparing reports that show broader trends within the district and explain why this is the case in time for their next meeting on Sept. 13.
For example, 54 percent of Cabrillo second-graders got proficient or advanced marks in 2012 for English-language arts. Last year, this figure was 45 percent.
Sixty percent of 11th-graders in the district were proficient or advanced in ELA this year, compared to 2011 when just 50 percent achieved these levels.
Sixty percent of second-graders were proficient or advanced in math, compared to 57 percent last year.
Just 21 second-graders tested in ELA in La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District. Of those, 67 percent achieved proficient or advanced scores this year. Compare this to the 33 percent who got similar scores in 2011 when 27 students tested.
In 2012, 55 percent of the 20 11th-graders who tested were proficient or advanced in ELA. Thirty-four percent of 11th-graders were advanced or proficient in 2011.
Seventy-seven percent of La Honda-Pescadero second-graders were proficient or advanced in math this year. In 2011, just 63 percent were.
This year, 4.7 million students tested across the state. On average, 57 percent qualified for a proficient score in English-language arts. Fifty-one percent were marked as achieving at least proficiency in math. These figures are the highest they have been since 2003.
“(It’s remarkable) that our students continue to make gains even as our schools — and the teachers, administrators and school employees working in them — are getting by with so much less,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in a prepared statement.
Since 1998, the California Standards Tests have gauged academic performance and annual progress in English-language arts, science, history, social science and math in a multiple-choice format. Testing begins in the second grade. For fourth- and seventh-grade ELA tests, there is a written exercise as well.
Modified tests are available to students with disabilities.
Students who primarily speak Spanish at home are also required to take a supplemental component measuring basic education in Spanish.