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Most Improved Schools

August 20, 2000

With the prospect of rewards and punishments looming, California schools dug in last spring to boost results on the Stanford 9 basic skills test. Here are the schools posting the biggest gains since statewide testing began in 1998. The first column

lists the percentage of students at each school who scored at or above the 50th percentile (the national average) in 2000. The final column shows the percentage point increase over two years in the number of students attaining that benchmark.

Elementary Schools

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DISTRICT SCHOOL YEAR OVER 2 YEARS 1. Los Angeles Unified Crescent Heights Blvd. 44.8 26.7 2. Inglewood Unified Payne Elementary 62.2 26.2 3. South Whittier Los Altos Elementary 43.5 25.6 Elementary 4. Los Angeles Unified Annandale Elementary 47.1 25.1 5. Montebello Unified Greenwood Elementary 35.9 25.1 6. Santa Monica-Malibu Cabrillo Elementary 77.6 24.7 Unified 7. Inglewood Unified Oak Street Elementary 49.7 24.4 8. Torrance Unified Torrance Elementary 56.6 24.1 9. Downey Unified Alameda Elementary 65.6 23.3 10. Redondo Beach Birney Elementary 67.1 22.5 Unified 11. Los Angeles Unified Bellevue Avenue Primary 35.7 22.4 Center 12. Los Angeles Unified Nestle Avenue Elementary 66.3 22.4 13. Bassett Unified Julian Elementary 38.4 22.3 14. Los Angeles Unified 232nd Place 53.3 22.2 15. Los Angeles Unified Commonwealth Ave. 48.4 21.8 Elementary 16. Montebello Unified Fremont Elementary 43.5 21.7 17. Montebello Unified Winter Gardens 31.3 21.2 Elementary 18. Baldwin Park Unified Kenmore Elementary 33.1 20.9 19. Glendale Unified Franklin Elementary 50.8 20.8 20. Inglewood Unified Freeman Elementary 60.6 20.7

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Middle Schools

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DISTRICT SCHOOL YEAR OVER 2 YEARS 1. Compton Unified Vanguard Learning Center 32.7 17.5 2. Pasadena Unified Wilson Middle 39.4 15.1 3. El Segundo Unified El Segundo Middle 74.1 13.8 4. Los Angeles Unified Marina del Rey Middle 31.7 12.5 5. Monrovia Unified Santa Fe Middle 46.0 12.1

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High Schools

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DISTRICT SCHOOL YEAR OVER 2 YEARS 1. Pasadena Unified Blair High 37.3 12.4 2. Los Angeles Unified Mid-City Magnet 27.6 11.3 3. Los Angeles Unified El Camino Real Senior 63.4 10.0 High 4. Glendora Unified Glendora High 64.5 9.3 5. Santa Monica-Malibu Santa Monica High 60.3 8.1 Unified

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Compiled by Richard O'Reilly, Times director of computer analysis, and data analyst Sandra Poindexter

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