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

O.C. Schools' Report Card / GRADE 6

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 6

California

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Read Read Math Math % LEP Std. Name 98 99 98 99 Tested 99 Statewide 43 45 48 52 21.0 48.0

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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 51 52 59 63 27.0 50.8

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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 34 34 44 44 35.6 42.6 Barton Elementary 51 46 58 62 19.0 50.4 Edison Elementary 17 18 27 25 51.6 37.0 Franklin Elementary 26 31 37 32 39.7 39.7 Gauer Elementary 46 36 61 50 35.1 41.9 Guinn Elementary 29 30 37 46 41.8 40.7 Henry Elementary 30 22 42 35 27.8 38.6 Jefferson 19 19 20 27 45.4 34.4 Jefferson Elementary 35 39 47 53 36.1 42.9 Juarez Elementary 58 57 65 69 17.3 53.0 Key Elementary 22 27 23 40 33.4 39.6 Lincoln Elementary 26 22 37 35 52.9 36.6 Loara Elementary 40 45 47 54 16.7 46.0 Madison Elementary 50 46 61 52 32.7 48.8 Mann Elementary 30 28 43 37 52.9 40.3 Marshall Elementary 41 45 50 56 26.8 47.4 Palm Lane Elementary 20 21 26 23 45.7 34.9 Price Elementary 26 36 37 52 31.5 44.0 Revere Elementary 19 19 24 24 66.4 32.7 Roosevelt Elementary 36 36 43 48 39.5 44.8 Ross Elementary 36 32 37 39 28.0 40.0 Stoddard Elementary 48 48 65 59 25.7 50.3 Sunkist Elementary 46 46 55 59 23.7 47.8

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Brea-Olinda Unified

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