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STAR results: How did your district do?

Local schools outperform statewide averages
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Local school districts continue to perform above state averages on standardized testing scores released last week.

On the 2011 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, a larger proportion of California students than ever scored proficient or higher in English-language arts, mathematics, science and history-social science, according to a news release by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

The results were released Aug. 15. Students in second through 11th grades were tested in a total of 22 categories.

About 4.7 million students participated in the program, with 54 percent of all students scoring proficient or above in English-language arts and 50 percent at proficient or above in math, the highest percentage since the program started in 2003.

Local K-8 schools outperformed statewide averages in English-language arts, math, history and science (see infobox below).

The five comprehensive schools in the Roseville Joint Union High School District performed above average in English, science and social science categories, and around the state average in several math categories.

Granite Bay High School routinely performed at the top of the pack. For instance, in English-language arts, 77.7 percent of students were proficient or advanced. In U.S. history, 71 percent ranked proficient or above.

Woodcreek High School performed high in several science categories, including in 10th grade science with 82 percent of students proficient or above.

Oakmont High School students earned 70.3 percent proficient or above in English-language arts and 66.7 proficient or above in U.S. history.

Roseville High School and Antelope High School performed the poorest among the comprehensive high schools in English-language arts. Fifty-nine percent of Roseville High School students and 62 percent of Antelope’s students were proficient or above.

According to the news release, throughout California, a troubling achievement gap persists among African Americans, Latinos, English-learners and low-income students compared to their peers. For complete STAR results, visit http://star.cde.ca.gov.

~ Sena Christian

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Local K-8 districts: percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced on STAR exam
Eureka Union School District
English-language arts: 82 percent
Math (grades second through seventh): 77 percent
Science (grades fifth and eighth): 82.5 percent
History (eighth grade): 79 percent

Roseville City School District
English-language arts: 73 percent
Math: 76.7 percent
Science: 74 percent
History: 71 percent

Dry Creek Joint Elementary School District
English-language arts: 71 percent
Math: 71 percent
Science: 79 percent
History: 71 percent