Mixed Results for School Test Scores

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, August 16, 2004
The Standardized Testing and Reporting – or STAR – results show that elementary and high school students statewide are still improving their scores, just not as quickly as before. That’s pretty much the same for Sacramento area schools as well. Michael Hanson is associate superintendent of the Elk Grove District. It seems now for the first time that we’re mirroring a state pattern where there are ups and downs throughout the K-12 system grade level by grade level, so we’re going to look at those. Sacramento City School District spokeswoman Maria Lopez says the scores show that teachers need to be better trained. As the state test becomes more rigorous some districts are struggling to make sure that all our instructional staff are familiar with those standards and really live and breath those standards and that’s what we need to work on. Statewide, the latest scores show that about 6-out-of-10 students still haven’t met proficiency in English. In Elk Grove it’s about 4-out-of-10 and in the city school district its 3-out-of-10. Steve Milne - KXJZ news.