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

O.C. Schools' Report Card / GRADE 8

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 8

California

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Read Read Math Math % LEP Std. Name 98 99 98 99 Tested 99 Statewide 44 46 45 48 17.5 51.4

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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 50 51 55 57 22.5 53.8

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Anaheim Union High

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Read Read Math Math % LEP Std. Name 98 99 98 99 Tested 99 Anaheim Union High 37 37 44 46 26.3 47.6 Ball Junior High 37 35 46 43 32.4 43.3 Brookhurst Junior High 37 38 42 49 22.0 47.0 Dale Junior High 30 31 37 44 34.5 44.4 Lexington Jr. High 62 59 62 58 4.7 54.5 Orangeview Junior High 38 32 41 40 18.5 44.8 Oxford High -- 76 -- 81 -- 66.7 Polaris High 28 29 23 21 9.4 40.5 South Junior High 33 29 42 41 37.9 42.5 Sycamore Junior High 23 22 30 32 51.6 27.8 Walker Junior High 45 47 58 56 9.4 52.7

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Brea-Olinda Unified

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Read Read Math Math % LEP Std. Name 98 99 98 99 Tested 99 Brea-Olinda Unified 65 68 66 66 6.9 61.4 Brea Junior High 65 68 66 66 6.9 61.4

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Buena Park Elementary

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Read Read Math Math % LEP Std. Name 98 99 98 99 Tested 99 Buena Park Elementary 34 30 40 39 22.1 45.2 Buena Park Junior High 34 30 40 39 22.1 45.2

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Capistrano Unified

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Read Read Math Math % LEP Std. Name 98 99 98 99 Tested 99 Capistrano Unified 65 63 66 67 6.9 58.6 Aliso Viejo Middle 67 68 67 64 5.5 60.2 Ayer Middle -- 58 -- 59 14.1 56.7 Forster Middle 55 52 52 52 19.3 52.7 Las Flores 69 64 69 71 1.0 58.9 Newhart Elementary 70 69 74 76 2.7 61.4 Niguel Hills Middle 67 66 72 74 3.7 60.2 Shorecliffs Middle 65 64 63 67 4.1 59.0

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