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THE COMPREHENSIVE TEST OF BASIC SKILLS

HOW TO READ THE SCORES : Students' Performance on Basic Skills Exam

December 15, 1996

The Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills is a multiple-choice examination measuring how well a district's students do against a national average. The scores in three categories are expressed as percentiles, with a score of 50 reflecting the national average established more than a decade ago.

So, a score higher than 50 is above the national average, a score lower than 50 is below the average.

The three areas included in the test are reading, math and language skills.

The latest tests were given last spring by the Los Angeles Unified School District in grades four, seven and nine.

School districts can choose from many different standardized tests and can decide when they are given. Therefore, CTBS score comparisons among districts regionwide are not possible.

On this page appear those latest scores, released last week. To read the scores:

* Find the grade you wish to check: Fourth, seventh or ninth.

* Find your school: Each school is listed alphabetically, under each grade heading. A school including both seventh and ninth grades would be listed twice.

For the Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday December 17, 1996 Home Edition Metro Part B Page 3 Metro Desk 2 inches; 52 words Type of Material: Correction
CTBS scores--Because of a technical error, the seventh-grade reading score for Foshay Learning Center was incorrectly reported in the listing of CTBS scores in Sunday's Times. The correct score is 25.
Also, ninth-grade scores reported for San Fernando High School were actually from San Fernando Middle School; ninth grade had not yet moved to the high school there.

* Check the scores under the column headings: "R" for reading; "M" for math; "L" for learning.

The chart below shows test results for all LAUSD schools over a six-year period. Measured are skills in the three study areas for students in the three grades.

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Subject 1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95 1995-96 GRADE 4 Reading 33 36 36 35 36 36 Math 44 47 47 47 48 48 Language 39 41 40 40 42 42 GRADE 7 Reading 33 34 33 31 31 30 Math 44 44 44 40 40 38 Language 38 38 37 36 36 35 GRADE 9 Reading 28 28 27 27 25 25 Math 42 40 40 37 35 35 Language 34 33 32 31 29 29

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