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Hart district students improve on STAR tests

Hart district excels on math portion for fifth consecutive year

Posted: August 18, 2009 9:10 p.m.
Updated: August 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.

More Hart district students hit the top two levels of the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR) results than in previous years, according to test results released Tuesday.

Officials with the William S. Hart Union High School District, which takes in all public junior high and high schools in the Santa Clarita Valley, said the improved scores reflect better analysis of student progress.

“I’m very pleased with the overall results,” said David LeBarron, director of curriculum and assessment for the district.

“We have worked very hard to pull all kids up to higher achievement levels, and these test scores show that what we have been doing is working.”

Hart district results for 2008-09 English-language arts tests remained strong, with more students achieving at the proficient or advanced levels at every grade level except 11th grade, where scores fell by 1 percent, LeBarron said.

The tests, which are taken by all California students grades 2 to 11, result in scores at five levels: advanced, proficient, basic, below basic and far below basic.

Seventh- and eighth-graders made the highest gains in English-language arts, with a 4 percent increase in the top two levels of proficiency.

On the mathematics portion of the test, Hart district students posted strong scores for the fifth year in a row.

More students than ever before are taking algebra in the seventh and eighth grades, and 92 percent of those students are scoring at proficient level and above.

The percentage of students scoring proficient and above in seventh-grade math increased by three points, and the percentage of students scoring below basic decreased by 5 percent.

Students with disabilities also showed gains in every category except eighth-grade math. Economically disadvantaged students improved in all categories, with the largest increase (9 percent) in seventh- and eighth-grade English/language arts.

The raw scores released Tuesday will form the basis of the state’s Academic Performance Index (API), to be issued Sept. 2

“Based on the outstanding results from our STAR tests, I think we will do very well in both API and (Adequate Yearly Progress),” LeBarron said.


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