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School-by-School CAP Scores for 3rd, 6th and 8th Grades : HOW TO READ THE SCORES

November 09, 1989

These are results of the California Assessment Program test for third, sixth and eighth grades.

State officials say the scores are intended to provide a way to assess schoolwide academic performance. Students do not receive individual scores.

Schools are listed alphabetically by district. Scores are scaled between 100 and more than 400, and may be compared to district and state averages. For example, if the third grade at your school scored 295 in math, and the state average is 278, children at your school are performing at a higher level than most third-graders statewide.

In general, a fluctuation of 10 points or less should not cause alarm, although state education officials say that the margin of error varies depending upon the size of the school.

The state has eliminated the written expression portion of its eighth-grade multiple choice test and replaced it with an essay test. The results of the essay test will be released next month.

Dashes indicate that tests were not given or that scores were not available.

Sample Question

Illustrative social studies passage:

In 1860, a Midwestern stagecoach company let people know about an exciting new plan which would affect our entire country. The company planned a faster mail service to California--the pony express, which would deliver the mail in ten days or less.

Strong young men were the riders. Buffalo Bill was one of the famous ones. These men had to have courage. Every day they faced many kinds of danger. They had been told, "Remember, you travel alone and the country is wild and rugged. You may be cold, hungry, wet and tired, but you must go on! The mail must go through!" And it did go through!

Over the saddle of the Pony Express horses was hung a leather blanket or mochila. In the four pockets of it were the tissue-thin letters. Five dollars was the usual price for sending a letter.

The route cut directly across from Missouri to Sacramento. Each rider rode nonstop for about 100 miles, and then a new rider took over. The horses used were chosen for speed and were changed every 10 miles. Quickly the mail was thrown over the saddle of the fresh horse, much like a relay race. Horses were saddled and ready to go at every station. With a leap, the rider was in the saddle--and off like the wind!

Illustrative test questions:

Which of the following is an example of an opinion?

--"In 1860, a Midwestern stagecoach company let people know about an exciting new plan..."

--"The mail must go through."

--"The route cut directly across from Missouri to Sacramento."

--"Each rider rode nonstop for about a hundred miles."

If you had lived in Missouri in 1855 and had posted a letter to Sacramento, you can tell that it would have taken:

--longer than 10 days

--10 days

--five days

--less than nine days

STATEWIDE AVERAGES

These statewide averages may be useful in comparing the performance of students in elementary schools. 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 277 278 278 87-88 282 284 281 86-87 282 287 285

6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 262 269 267 87-88 265 273 270 86-87 260 271 268

8th Grade

Reading Math SS Sci 88-89 256 269 259 267 87-88 252 264 253 263 86-87 247 259 247 256

ABC Unified DISTRICT AVERAGE 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 284 287 285 87-88 283 289 285 86-87 284 290 280

6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 267 265 275 87-88 264 267 268 86-87 267 269 272

8th Grade

Reading Math SS Sci 88-89 279 288 279 295 87-88 278 296 277 293 86-87 266 291 266 279

ALOHA 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 260 260 253 87-88 272 268 254 86-87 225 234 230

6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 265 271 270 87-88 246 250 244 86-87 262 261 252

BRAGG 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 285 309 286 87-88 315 321 305 86-87 355 338 319

6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 278 275 282 87-88 289 297 286 86-87 329 303 299

BURBANK 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 257 243 268 87-88 243 250 257 86-87 228 261 231

6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 241 233 237 87-88 206 204 219 86-87 222 236 230

CARMENITA 8th Grade

Reading Math SS Sci 88-89 290 309 299 316 87-88 291 315 303 311 86-87 279 297 285 289

CARVER 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 285 285 282 87-88 297 304 315 86-87 278 310 278

6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 244 240 260 87-88 266 271 261 86-87 262 268 274

CERRITOS 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 336 314 318 87-88 309 311 299 86-87 310 338 325

6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 302 283 321 87-88 301 281 313 86-87 259 267 287

ELLIOTT 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 229 238 247 87-88 215 214 249 86-87 221 232 241

6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 225 234 249 87-88 253 262 267 86-87 240 259 243

FURGESON 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 250 240 257 87-88 206 235 231 86-87 240 233 253

6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 195 206 210 87-88 204 203 214 86-87 219 227 235

GONSALVES 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 329 318 330 87-88 316 322 318 86-87 341 321 313

6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 88-89 284 299 301 87-88 265 288 287 86-87 318 309 313

HASKELL 8th Grade

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