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Orange County School Test Scores

California Report Card

How did your school do on the statewide tests?

July 23, 1998

UNDERSTANDING THE NUMBERS / READING THE TABLES

In California, 4.1 million public school students in grades two through 11 took the Stanford 9 standardized tests this year. All of them were tested in reading, writing and math. Students through grade eight also took a spelling test and students in higher grades took exams in social studies and science.

On Tuesday, the state Department of Education released scores for each grade of each of California's 8,000 public schools. Here are the scores for each school in Orange County.

Readers who want to know how a school is doing can use these scores as a gauge. But keep in mind that these are results for individual grades only--not the entire school. Scores vary some from grade to grade, even at the same school.

To find your school's scores:

* Look first for your school district. Individual schools are listed below.

* The scores appear by grade below your school's name. The columns report testing data for the various subjects. Use the guide at the top of each column of numbers to determine which category the score is in.

* For each test, the chart shows the percentile rank achieved by students in each school.

* The chart also has a category labeled % LEP. That shows the percentage of the students taking the reading test at the school who were classified as "limited English proficient." Schools with a higher percentage of such students will tend to have lower scores in part because these students may have had difficulty understanding the questions, which were all in English.

Note: * (an asterisk) means the number of students tested was 10 or fewer.

* HOW TO INTERPRET THE PERCENTILE RANK

Even among experts, there is no one view on what a percentile rank tells about school performance. But a 50 means that, taken together, the school's students were right at the national average when measured against a sample of their peers across the country--even though some students at the school may be doing quite well and others poorly.

A percentile rank of 25 or less suggests that many of the students are doing poorly when measured against the national sample. A rank of 75 or above shows that a high percentage of students are doing well. Some schools' scores appear abnormally high, which may be because an unusually small number of children took the test.

Comparing the individual scores sent to your home with those of the school will help you gauge where your child ranks against classmates.

* INFLATED SCORES

Some schools' scores may not be all they seem. Some schools and school districts encouraged parents to sign waiver forms enabling their children to skip the test--particularly students with limited English skills. The number not taking the test varies from school to school. If a lot of students who would be expected to score low skipped the test, a school's scores would be skewed upward.

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SCHOOL SCORES STAFF

Additional information and scores for schools outside Orange County can be found at the state Department of Education's Web site, at http://star.cde.ca.gov.

Contributing to The Times' schools score coverage:

* Contributing Editors: David Lauter, Paul Lieberman, Karen Klein

* News Editors: Tracy Boucher, Kymberly G. Dryer

* Technical assistance: Victor I. Pulver, Doug Smith, Richard O'Reilly, Sandra Poindexter, Rosemary McClure and Jim Carr.

Statewide

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% LEP Grade Read Math Lang. Spell tested 2 39 43 40 38 27 3 36 42 39 38 26 4 40 39 44 36 24 5 40 41 44 38 22 6 43 48 47 40 20 7 41 45 49 42 18 8 44 45 47 36 16

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Social % LEP Grade Read Math Lang. Science Science tested 9 34 50 47 43 42 14 10 32 43 36 44 38 12 11 37 46 43 44 54 11

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Orange County

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% LEP Grade Read Math Lang. Spell tested 2 45 51 48 44 35 3 42 50 45 43 33 4 46 48 51 44 30 5 46 50 52 44 27 6 51 59 55 49 25 7 48 55 57 48 24 8 50 55 54 41 23

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Social % LEP Grade Read Math Lang. Science Science tested 9 38 57 53 48 47 18 10 37 52 43 50 44 17 11 43 56 50 51 61 15

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Anaheim City

* District average

Students tested: 13,685

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% LEP Grade Read Math Lang. Spell tested 2 27 34 29 29 62 3 24 32 28 31 61 4 28 33 38 29 53 5 27 32 38 29 45 6 34 44 42 35 38

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* Barton Elementary

Students tested: 680

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% LEP Grade Read Math Lang. Spell tested 2 44 52 50 47 44 3 45 61 55 46 37 4 42 41 49 43 31 5 35 41 47 36 29 6 51 58 58 55 20

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* Edison Elementary

Students tested: 681

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% LEP Grade Read Math Lang. Spell tested 2 16 24 15 18 64 3 17 21 21 26 72 4 23 24 36 23 66 5 18 18 29 18 46 6 17 27 34 20 56

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* Franklin Elementary

Students tested: 585

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% LEP Grade Read Math Lang. Spell tested 2 14 20 13 19 56 3 14 19 13 20 64 4 13 19 21 14 58 5 21 20 27 18 58 6 26 37 33 29 42

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* Gauer Elementary

Students tested: 501

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% LEP Grade Read Math Lang. Spell tested 2 31 32 30 39 61 3 33 44 39 43 57 4 31 38 40 29 56 5 29 33 32 30 45 6 46 61 52 46 33

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* Guinn Elementary

Students tested: 515

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% LEP Grade Read Math Lang. Spell tested 2 28 27 26 32 60 3 33 38 35 34 49 4 32 34 36 29 44 5 25 34 34 29 49 6 29 37 30 30 32

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* Henry Elementary

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