## Test scores inch up in Oakland, Alameda County

By Katy Murphy

Monday, August 16th, 2010 at 1:30 pm in test scores.

California’s 2010 California Standards Test scores are in.

Wonder how Oakland stacks up to other districts in Alameda County? Here’s a spreadsheet of the districts, sorted from highest to lowest percentages of English and math proficiency. On the second worksheet, you can also see how the scores in each district changed from 2009 to 2010.

**OUSD trends: **Oakland’s public schoolkids scored better than they did the year before. More of them met the state’s proficiency goals in reading (41 percent, up 4 points) and math (44 percent, up 5 points), and fewer tested poorly (31 percent scored “below basic” or “far below basic” in reading, and 36 percent did so in math, an improvement of several points).

The district’s elementary schools made solid — and in some cases, dramatic — improvement on the California Standards Tests, based on a school-by-school analysis prepared by the district’s data whizzes. The middle schools’ numbers moved in the right direction, too, especially in math (with the exception of West Oakland Middle School, whose math scores rose spectacularly last year and fell pretty far this year, though not all the way back down).

But the scores remained flat at most of the school district’s high schools, particularly those in East and West Oakland. In math, all but four at least 18 of Oakland’s high schools have proficiency percentages in the single digits. (As one reader rightly noted, my original count didn’t include schools with grades 6-12, which were included in the middle school section.)

Here are some schools whose student proficiency scores went up at least 15 percentage points in reading and/or math. Let me know if I’m missing anyone!

ELEMENTARY

Burckhalter – 15 points in math (71%)

Martin Luther King, Jr. – 15 points in reading (38%)

Manzanita Community School – 17 points in math (61%)

Markham – 22 points in reading (55%), 15 in math (60%)

RISE – 18 points in reading (36%)

Manzanita SEED – 29 points in math (73%)

Maxwell Park – 15 points in math (46%)

Piedmont Avenue – 16 points in math (67%)

MIDDLE

Alliance Academy – 15 points in math (32%)

Community Day – 23 points in reading (27%)

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