Monday, August 16, 2010

NEWS RELEASE -- SD Unified Test Scores Gain for Fourth Straight Year

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, August 16, 2010


Achievement Gap Narrows in Some Areas; Work Still Needed

SAN DIEGO &lsqauo; San Diego Unified¹s results on 2010 state tests show across the
board gains for the fourth straight year, with more students than ever
ranking ³advanced² in their subject knowledge.

The results of the annual California Standards Test released today show the
district has five straight years of overall gains in English language arts
and science scores, while math continues a four-year climb.

This good news is tempered by recognition that scores still show an
³achievement gap² among ethnic groups. Data relating to the achievement gap
&lsqauo; test scores among ethnic groups &lsqauo; is still being analyzed, but early
results show the gap is narrowing in some areas, albeit slowly.

³We need to salute our students first, who have been working very hard to
learn the skills they¹ll need for the future,² said Superintendent Bill
Kowba. ³Our teachers and staff also deserve recognition for a job well

Growth continued in the three subject areas. In English Language Arts,
overall scores show 29 percent of the students proficient and 27 percent are
advanced &lsqauo; up from 23 percent in 2009 &lsqauo; while 26 percent had a basic skill
level, down 1 percent from 2009. Below basic and far below basic levels also
declined. Students with an advanced level of mathematics grew 2 percent to
23 percent and those considered proficient remained at 25 percent; basic
went up one point to 23, while below basic and far below basic declined to
20 and 8 respectively.

Science scores rose as well, up 8 points to 30 percent advanced, while
proficient remained at 27 percent; students with a basic level dropped two
points to 24 percent, while below basic dropped 2 points to 11 percent and
far below basic was down 2 points to 9 percent.

³These gains in student achievement have come during a period when our
district has sustained unprecedented budget cuts,² said Kowba. ³But even in
the face of draconian budget cuts, schools throughout the district have been
making gains in student achievement with a community-based reform process
that encourages teacher collaboration, data-driven teaching strategies, a
broad curriculum and strong behavioral standards and support for students.²

A summary of available results are available online at

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Jack Brandais
Communications Department
San Diego Unified School District
(619) 725-5570 (Desk)
(619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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