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THE 'STANFORD 9' TESTS | REPORT CARD: How Orange County
Schools Fared on Statewide Exams

O.C. Schools' Report Card / GRADE 4

How did your school do on the statewide tests?

July 23, 1999

UNDERSTANDING THE NUMBERS / READING THE TABLES

In California, almost 4.2 million public school students in grades 2 through 11 took the Stanford 9 standardized tests this spring, for the second year in a row. All of them were tested in reading, math and writing. Students through grade 8 also took a spelling test, and students in higher grades took exams in science and history/social science.

On Thursday, the state Department of Education released scores for each school. The Times today presents scores from selected testing subjects.

Readers who want to know how a school in Orange County is doing can use these scores as a gauge, keeping in mind that not all subjects are represented.

Results for all grades, schools and districts in all categories will be available on the Internet at a state Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov.

To find your school's scores:

* Look first for the grade level.

* Then, search down the column to find your school district. Individual schools are listed underneath, in alphabetical order.

* The scores appear to the right of your school's name. The columns report 1998 and 1999 testing data in the "Reading" and "Math" categories. 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 national percentile rank achieved by students in each school, in both years. (See below: "How to Interpret the Percentile Rank.")

(Note: State officials warn that strict comparisons of a school's 1998 and 1999 scores may be misleading. One reason is that Proposition 227 has brought major changes in instruction for students not fluent in English, and the Stanford 9 test is designed to measure achievement by students who are fluent.)

* The chart also has a category labeled "%LEP Tested." This column of numbers shows the percentage of students who took the 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.

* The far right column, labeled "Std. 99," shows student performance on questions reflecting California's standards in language arts. The score is the average number of questions answered correctly by students in that grade. (Students in the grades listed here answered 90 such questions.) Because this is the first year for such questions, there is as yet no definition of what is "good" or "bad."

Note: An asterisk (*) means the number of students tested was 10 or fewer. A dash (--) means data were unavailable.

* 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 rank of 50 means that, taken together, the school's students were right at the national median 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. Scores for grades or schools in which few children were tested may appear abnormally high or low, and should be interpreted cautiously.

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

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* Orange County Grade 4

California

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Read Read Math Math % LEP Std. Name 98 99 98 99 Tested 99 Statewide 40 42 39 44 26.1 45.3

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Orange County

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Read Read Math Math % LEP Std. Name 98 99 98 99 Tested 99 Orange County 46 48 48 52 31.4 47.9

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Anaheim Elementary

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Read Read Math Math % LEP Std. Name 98 99 98 99 Tested 99 Anaheim Elementary 28 28 33 33 55.1 38.7 Barton Elementary 42 46 41 48 29.5 46.0 Edison Elementary 23 21 24 22 70.6 34.5 Franklin Elementary 13 24 19 29 66.0 36.0 Gauer Elementary 31 30 38 35 45.9 38.7 Guinn Elementary 32 32 34 39 49.6 40.2 Henry Elementary 21 18 28 27 73.1 34.7 Jefferson 13 16 19 22 70.5 32.7 Jefferson Elementary 45 28 64 46 59.9 39.5 Juarez Elementary 48 48 49 53 23.9 47.5 Key Elementary 19 18 26 32 57.6 33.9 Lincoln Elementary 16 17 25 21 74.7 32.3 Loara Elementary 37 41 38 46 34.9 44.5 Madison Elementary 38 25 37 29 45.2 38.4 Mann Elementary 18 21 20 22 71.4 35.6 Marshall Elementary 44 40 47 43 41.9 44.9 Palm Lane Elementary 16 18 21 24 77.0 33.1 Price Elementary 31 32 38 35 53.5 39.6 Revere Elementary 11 12 13 14 85.9 28.8 Roosevelt Elementary 37 41 42 45 28.2 43.4 Ross Elementary 21 22 27 24 58.0 36.3 Stoddard Elementary 47 44 43 49 36.9 45.8 Sunkist Elementary 36 44 40 51 38.8 44.8

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Brea-Olinda Unified

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