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State to Release Student Test Scores

August 16, 2004|From Times Staff Writers

The California Department of Education today will release results of standardized tests taken by nearly 4.8 million public school students in grades two to 11.

The students took tests last spring tied to California's academic standards in English-language arts, math and other subjects.

As a measure of how schools and school districts are performing, The Times compiled results spanning four years of standards testing in English-language arts and three years in math.

The scores, which will be available after 10 a.m. at, will show the percentage of students who are considered proficient or advanced in the two subjects.

Tables will list every grade level tested for most of the state's more than 7,600 elementary, middle and senior high schools. A separate set of tables will show totals for the more than 1,000 school districts.

Individual results are being sent to students' homes.

Math scores for eighth grade and above will be listed for the tests taken by the most students at each grade level: algebra I in eighth and ninth grades, geometry in 10th grade and algebra II in 11th grade.

The Times website also will provide 2004 results from the California Achievement Tests, sixth edition, known as the CAT/6. That test compares students with a national sample in reading, language skills, math, spelling and science.

Other test results that do not appear on the website can be looked up on the California Department of Education's Internet site:

These include history/social studies and sciences tests taken in grades eight through 11 and the California High School Exit Exam taken by 10th-graders. Passing scores on both the English-language arts and math portions of the exit exam will be a graduation requirement for the class of 2006.

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