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Southeast Area 1990 Cap Scores

November 11, 1990

HOW TO READ THE SCORES

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 approximately 100 and 400, although a few scores may be higher or lower. A school's scores 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 283, 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.

Students in grades three and six last spring were given multiple-choice tests in reading, written language (including grammar and spelling) and mathematics. Last spring's eighth-graders were tested in reading, math, history-social sciences and science. Eighth-graders also took an essay test to assess their writing skills. Results of the essay test are expected next month.

In some cases a specialized or "magnet" school has its campus on the grounds of a regular school. State officials have combined the scores, so separate results are not available.

Schools in this section are in Long Beach and Southeast Los Angeles County.

SAMPLE QUESTION FOR SIXTH-GRADERS

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 10 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:

What do you think would usually happen when the rider reached Sacramento?

a. He would go to New York.

b. He would eat and rest.

c. He would brand horses.

d. He would meet Buffalo Bill.

The "mochila" used by the Pony Express rider can best be compared to the

a. sleeping bag used by the camper.

b. sandpaper used by the carpenter.

c. mail pouch used by the mail carrier.

d. pen used to write and letter.

You can conclude from the passage that

a. someone at each station prepared a fresh horse for the rider.

b. Buffalo Bill was bored by the Pony Express.

c. the worst danger was from the cold.

d. few people ever heard about the Pony Express.

STATEWIDE AVERAGES

These statewide averages may be useful in comparing the performance of students in elementary and junior high or middle schools. 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 89-90 275 277 283 88-89 277 278 278 87-88 282 284 281

6rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 89-90 261 268 270 88-89 262 269 267 87-88 265 273 270

8th Grade

Reading Math SS Sci 89-90 257 271 260 269 88-89 256 269 259 267 87-88 252 264 253 263

East Whittier City Elementary DISTRICT AVERAGE 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 89-90 281 285 287 88-89 285 286 280 87-88 292 299 300

6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 89-90 250 260 256 88-89 258 263 256 87-88 261 259 260

8th Grade

Reading Math SS Sci 89-90 258 257 259 266 88-89 244 257 250 254 87-88 233 252 244 243

CERES 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 89-90 233 253 256 88-89 248 246 252 87-88 211 212 241

EAST WHITTIER 6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 89-90 244 258 259 88-89 251 252 247 87-88 253 247 255

8th Grade

Reading Math SS Sci 89-90 271 262 258 271 88-89 231 247 236 236 87-88 235 250 242 245

EVERGREEN 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 89-90 224 231 266 88-89 270 254 270 87-88 240 278 289

GRANADA 6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 89-90 263 272 266 88-89 269 278 265 87-88 279 281 274

8th Grade

Reading Math SS Sci 89-90 266 256 274 277 88-89 264 280 269 267 87-88 238 267 257 252

HILLVIEW 6th Grade

Reading Writing Math 89-90 244 251 245 88-89 253 259 257 87-88 252 250 252

8th Grade

Reading Math SS Sci 89-90 237 254 242 249 88-89 236 243 243 258 87-88 225 240 233 233

LA COLIMA 3rd Grade

Reading Writing Math 89-90 274 283 277 88-89 281 299 265 87-88 275 277 252

LAUREL 3rd Grade

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