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School district analysis of spring test scores shows modest but steady improvement

A first reading of the Spring 2001 SAT-9 scores released
Aug. 15 by the California Department of Education indicates modest but
overall steady growth by students in the West Contra Costa Unified
School District.

"We are pleased with our progress," said Dr. Gloria L. Johnston,
superintendent of West Contra Costa schools. "Our next step is to look
at our disaggregated data how are students performed at each school,
and by subgroups such as race, socio-economics, language, and gender.
We will then use that information to focus in on how we will close the
achievement gaps among these groups.

"Equity is the context for analyzing our test scores and how we use the
information to improve our instruction in the classrooms," Dr. Johnston
said. "Our focus will be on reaching our student achievement goals
recently set by our Board of Trustees." At its July 11, 2001 meeting,
the Board of Trustees adopted district goals in the five areas of
student achievement, equity, facilities and resources, communications,
and personnel training and professional development. Goals for student
achievement are that 90 percent of all third graders will read at grade
level by the end of the third grade, and 90 percent of all students will
pass algebra by the end of the ninth grade.

Here is a summary of district SAT-9 scores:

Percent of students district-wide at or above 50 percentile in Reading:
1998 = 30.9 %
1999 = 31.5%
2000 = 31.5%
2001 = 33.4%

Percent of students district-wide at or above 50th percentile in Math:
1998 = 32.0 %
1999 = 33.2%
2000 = 36.7%
2001 = 39.7%

Growth in percent of students at or above 50th percentile in Reading:
>Growth from 2000 to 2001: 6%
>Growth from 1998 to 2001: 8%

Growth in percent of students at or above 50th percentile in Math:
> Growth from 2000 to 2001 = 8%
> Growth from 1998-2001 = 23%

District Mean Norm Percentile Rank in Reading:
> 6 out of 10 grades showed growth (grades 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 11)
> 2 of 10 grades held steady (grades 2 and 7)
> 2 of 10 down slightly (grades 3 and 10)

Reading Mean NPR by grade level
Grade / 2000 / 2001
2 / 42 / 42
3 / 38 / 37
4 / 37 / 39
5 / 35 / 36
6 / 39 / 41
7 / 33 / 33
8 / 37 / 38
9 / 26 / 27
10 / 23 / 22
11 / 25 / 28

District Mean Norm Percentile Rank in Math:
7 out of 10 grades showed growth; 1 of 10 held same; 2 of 10 went down
slightly
> Increased in grades 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10
> Held steady in grade 3
> Decreases in grades 10 and 11

Math Mean NPR by grade level
Grade / 2000 / 2001
2 / 43 / 45
3 / 48 / 48
4 / 41 / 44
5 / 38 / 43
6 / 43 / 49
7 / 38 / 39
8 / 40 / 41
9 / 38 / 41
10 / 36 / 32
11 / 39 / 38

SOURCE: West Contra Costa Unified School District
Run dates: 2001-08-15 - 2001-09-07
 


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