The state Department of Education released Standardized Testing and Reporting (or STAR) results Monday, showing that the percentage of students scoring proficient in math and English language arts rose slightly statewide from 2010 to 2011.
The chart below shows that Mt. Diablo school district students did better than the statewide average, but scored lower than the county average. The English language arts score is listed first, followed by the math score.
CALIFORNIA 54% 50%
CONTRA COSTA COUNTY 61% 55%
Acalanes 85% 56%
Antioch 47% 38%
Brentwood 66% 69%
Byron 62% 65%
Canyon 80% 70%
John Swett 46% 42%
Knightsen 64% 68%
Lafayette 85% 85%
Liberty 53% 26%
Martinez 67% 62%
Moraga 92% 91%
Mt. Diablo 57% 52%
Oakley 56% 53%
Orinda 92% 92%
Pittsburg 41% 42%
San Ramon 84% 78%
Walnut Creek 81% 80%
West Contra Costa 42% 38%
All students in grades 2 through 11 took English tests. Math tests were given through ninth grade and at the end of higher level courses. Science was tested in fifth, eighth and 10th grades and at the end of higher level courses. Students in grades eight and 11 took history-social science tests. Modified tests were given to some special education and English learner students.
Here’s a closer look at the overall change in the Mt. Diablo district’s proficiency rates:
English language arts (grades 2-11): 56.6 percent
History (grades 8, 11 and end-of-course): 48.5 percent
Math (grades 2-7 and end-of-course): 49.5 percent
Science (grades 5, 8 and 10): 56.7 percent
Science (end-of-course): 42.0 percent
English language arts (grades 2-11): 56.8 percent (+ 0.2 percent)
History (grades 8, 11 and end-of-course): 49.8 percent (+ 1.3 percent)
Math (grades 2-7 and end-of-course): 52.1 percent (+ 2.6 percent)
Science (grades 5, 8 and 10): 57.5 percent (+ 0.8 percent)
Science (end-of-course): 40.2 percent (- 1.8 percent)
The district received School Improvement Grants for four of its lowest-achieving schools, intended to help boost student achievement. Here’s a side-by-side overall look at changes from 2010 to 2011, which shows improvement in all areas tested at the elementary schools, but drops in most areas at Glenbrook Middle School:
Bel Air Elementary
English language arts (grades 2-5): 21.2 percent
Math (grades 2-5): 40.5 percent
Science (grade 5): 11.5 percent
English language arts (grades 2-5): 21.9 percent (+ 0.7 percent)
Math (grades 2-5): 47.0 percent (+ 6.5 percent)
Science (grade 5): 32.9 percent (+ 21.4 percent)
Rio Vista Elementary
English language arts (grades 2-5): 25.6 percent
Math (grades 2-5): 42.7 percent
Science (grade 5): 8.7 percent
English language arts (grades 2-5): 33.0 percent (+ 7.4 percent)
Math (grades 2-5): 61.7 percent (+ 19 percent)
Science (grade 5): 20.4 percent (+ 11.7 percent)
Shore Acres Elementary
English language arts (grades 2-5): 23.9 percent
Math (grades 2-5): 41.6 percent
Science (grade 5): 13.2 percent
English language arts (grades 2-5): 25.7 percent (+ 1.8 percent)
Math (grades 2-5): 48.5 percent (+ 6.9 percent)
Science (grade 5): 16.7 percent (+ 3.5 percent)
Glenbrook Middle School
English language arts (grades 6-8): 35.8 percent
History (grade 8): 32.9 percent
Math (grades 6-7 and end-of-course): 17.7 percent
Science (grade 8): 42.9 percent
English language arts (grades 6-8): 30.0 percent (- 5.8 percent)
History (grade 8): 34.9 percent (+ 2.0 percent)
Math (grades 6-7 and end-of-course): 9.4 percent (- 8.3 percent)
Science (grade 8): 35.9 percent (- 7.0 percent)
The district has closed Glenbrook and will send students in that attendance area to El Dorado, Oak Grove and Valley View middle schools. The district’s grants for Bel Air, Rio Vista and Shore Acres are in jeopardy of being lost, unless the district can show it will increase instructional time for all students at those sites in 2011-12, despite the board’s plan to decrease the school year by five days.
This is among the first batch of scores to be released in the upcoming test result season: STAR scores are used to calculate a campus’ Academic Performance Index, or API, which are expected to be released Aug. 31, and to calculate Adequate Yearly Progress according to No Child Left Behind, which will also be released Aug. 31.
Superintendent Steven Lawrence released the following News Update on Tuesday, reviewing the STAR results and inviting parents to assist principals in analyzing school scores and developing plans for improvement:
“Mt. Diablo USD News Update
Where Kids Come First
August 16, 2011
Over the past four years, because of the state budget crisis, we’ve made significant programmatic reductions at our school sites. Despite these reductions our teachers, support staff, and administrators continue to work incredibly hard to meet the learning needs of our students. Please join me in recognizing and thanking these dedicated professionals.
The annual STAR results were released yesterday by the California Department of Education. As a District, we will continue to focus on the use of internal and external assessment data to guide instructional decisions. General trends in student performance on the STAR test reinforce the need for
- a strategic and targeted approach to standards-based instruction and assessment
- continued focus on improving the learning opportunities for all students
- particular attention on efforts to close the achievement gap between our higher performing students and students performing at far below and below basic levels.
In mathematics, STAR results showed a slight increase district-wide in the percentage of students achieving proficient and advanced levels. At the elementary level, many schools made significant gains in the number of students at these two levels, and almost all of our middle schools made some gains in this area. In order to ensure all our students will be able to compete in the global economy, we must continue to increase the number of students taking the Algebra II and the Summative Math California Standards Tests and increase the percentage of students measuring proficient or advanced on these tests. Job trend data clearly confirms high school graduates who have a firm understanding of Algebra II math skills will have a broader opportunity for living wage jobs and careers.
In English Language Arts, STAR results showed inconsistent achievement across district schools. At the elementary level our English Learner students showed some gains, but not at the same level as their gains in math. In most middle schools, test scores reflected greater student proficiency in language arts. At the high school level, students at Mt. Diablo High School demonstrated increased performance in both language arts and mathematics.
Overall, the results of statewide testing reinforces the need for site based professional discussions that focus on the development of
- common, standards aligned assessments and
- unit lesson plans aligned to the common assessments.
The data collected from common assessments allows teachers and site leadership teams to identify areas where the best instructional practices are in place and areas where gaps exist that must be addressed. Once we assure all students receive daily instruction that includes the critical elements of effective instruction, the data can be used to identify students requiring additional help and those students who are ready for additional challenges.
At each school site, leadership will work with teachers and parents to analyze the school’s data to determine which target growth areas were met, exceeded or not achieved. We can learn a great deal from our successes to help inform us around areas where we need to improve. This analysis process assists each site in updating their Single Plan for Student Achievement. As a parent, if you would like to participate in the analysis process at your child’s school, please contact the principal today.
If you would like to view school test scores, please visit: http://star.cde.ca.gov.”
Are you satisfied with student proficiency levels at district schools?