A far larger share of Encinitas students were proficient in English language arts, history/social science, math and science in spring testing than their county and statewide peers, 2012 STAR results show.
Compared with 2011 results, students tested in the Cardiff and Encinitas elementary districts were slightly better or flat in English and math, according to results made public Friday.
But the percentage of elementary students proficient or better in science leaped more than 3 points in Cardiff schools and 4 points in Encinitas Union schools.
And in the San Dieguito Union High School District, which includes several Encinitas middle schools, students proficient or better in science rose 1.5 points from 2011 and 4 points since 2010.
Overall, Encinitas students continued an upward trend since 2010, data show.
Some 3,925 pupils took the battery of mostly multiple-choice tests earlier this year, while 538 did in .
Results, only for public-school students, are posted on the state STAR site. To see detailed results, see the Encinitas Union reports page, the Cardiff Elementary reports page and that of the San Dieguito Union High School Districtincludes Diegueño and Oak Crest middle schools and San Dieguito Academy and Sunset High School—all of Encinitas.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said the 2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) test results marked the ninth straight year California students improved their performance on annual statewide mathematics and English-language arts exams.
Some 4.7 million students took part in the 2012 STAR program, with 57 percent scoring proficient or above in English-language arts and 51 percent scoring at proficient or above in mathematics, the highest percentage since the tests were fully aligned in 2003 to California’s content standards, which describe what students should know for each grade and subject tested.
“In less than a decade, California has gone from having only one student in three score proficient to better than one student in two,” Torlakson said. “That’s nearly 900,000 more students reaching proficiency now than in 2003—a remarkable achievement that represents real, sustained improvements in learning.”
Encinitas Union School District STAR results (percent rated advanced or proficient)
Cardiff Elementary School District STAR results (percent rated advanced or proficient)
San Dieguito Union High School District STAR results (percent rated advanced or proficient)
GRADES TESTED: English language arts (2-11), history and social science (8 and 11 and end-of-course), math (2-7 and end-of-course) and science (5, 8 and 10)
San Diego County saw nearly 372,000 students take the tests, with results reported as advanced, proficient, basic, below basic and far below basic.
The state Board of Education has established the “proficient” level as the desired achievement goal for all students.
State officials said of “proficient”:
That level represents a point at which students demonstrate a competent and adequate understanding of the knowledge and skills measured by the assessment at a particular grade, in a particular content area. This achievement goal is consistent with school growth targets for state accountability and requirements of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
In 2012, for example, 64.8 percent of San Diego County students in fifth, eighth and 10th grade tested as advanced or proficient in science. In Coronado, 87.6 percent scored proficient or higher.
Statewide, 59.5 percent of students in those three grades were proficient or advanced in science, data show.
“Even more remarkable is the fact that our students continue to make gains even as our schools—and the teachers, administrators and school employees working in them—are getting by with so much less,” Torlakson said.
“As pleased as I am by the great progress many students are making, the deep school budget cuts of recent years make it ever less likely these gains will continue. Preventing further cuts and beginning to restore what’s been lost are essential to helping every student learn and prepare for the future.”
These scores are used for calculating each school's Academic Performance Index, or API, and Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP.
Information about the API and AYP is posted on the California Department of Education Accountability Progress Reporting Web page.
Individual student results are not reported online.
The state says: “School districts must forward individual STAR Student Reports to parents/guardians within 20 working days of having received the reports. Parents/guardians who do not receive their child’s report should contact the school or school district where the child was tested to request the results.”