Seniors in 12 out of 15 Orange County high school districts demonstrated above-average writing skills last year in a new state test to determine writing proficiency, state education officials announced Monday.
Statewide, 79% of last year's senior class showed adequate to above-average writing skills, while 19% showed minimal ability, according to test results.
In Orange County, all but three of the 15 high school districts scored above the state average. Santa Ana Unified, Anaheim Union High and Garden Grove Unified school districts--all with large concentrations of limited-English-speaking students--scored below the statewide average.
The highest-scoring district in the state was San Marino Unified in Los Angeles County. In Los Angeles Unified School District, last year's seniors scored well below the state average.