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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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NEWS
August 15, 2000 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
California students who are not proficient in English improved their scores on the Stanford 9 standardized test at about the same rate as their fluent classmates, but new state data released Monday continue to show an immense disparity between the two groups. Broken out by fluency, the test results highlight the stark reality that there are two distinct levels of learning and achievement in the state.
NEWS
July 31, 2000 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
With California's youngest students showing progress, state officials and education experts say the state's middle schools, which have stagnated, need to be the next focus of school reform. The need for change is evident in this year's Stanford 9 scores. Results for primary school students showed significant gains, whereas scores in the middle grades only inched up.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Berta Cochario isn't panicking yet. But the principal of Betty Plasencia Elementary School knows the pressure will soon be on to explain the lackluster performance of her campus on the Stanford 9 tests. The severely crowded school just north of downtown is struggling to improve its overall score, which crept up 1.7 percentage points on scores released Monday but is still down 2.4 percentage points from 1998, the first year of statewide testing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2000
Test results published in The Times on Tuesday failed to include charter schools. The chart below provides scores for those schools as measured by the percentage of students at or above the 50th percentile, which is the national average. The change in scores is the percentage of students who moved up or down in the rankings since 1998. The last two columns show the average percentage of language arts questions answered correctly and the change from 1999's average percentage.
NEWS
July 18, 2000 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
California public school students improved their performance on the third annual Stanford 9 exam, with second- and third-graders racking up the most impressive gains, the state Education Department reported Monday. A majority of students statewide achieved the national average in two key subject areas: language skills and math, where students posted the biggest gains and best scores overall.
NEWS
July 18, 2000
This year The Times is publishing school results for the statewide Stanford 9 tests as the percentages of students at or above the 50th percentile ranks, which are the national averages for specific test subjects and grades. Previously, The Times published schools' mean percentile ranks, which are schools' rankings in comparison with those of other schools nationwide. The California Department of Education provides three other measures to choose from as well.
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