Although the Standardized Testing and Reporting, or STAR, test scores results have slipped statewide – reversing a trend of steady improvement since 2004 – the scores of Alameda students have made some gains.
The Contra Costa Times reports the percentage of Alameda students scoring proficient or better in English was 70.8 percent and 63.1 percent in math, an increase of 1 percent from last year in both categories.
"The fact that we have sustained this positive growth over several years in the midst of extremely difficult budget times is an incredible accomplishment," Superintendent Kirsten Vital told the Times.
Minority students in Alameda also showed improved scores: There was a gain in geometry for both African-American and Hispanic students by 15 percent and 10.6 percent, respectfully. Algebra 1 scores went up 26.4 percent for Filipino students.
The statewide scores continued to reflect an achievement gap among African-American, Latino, low-income and English learners, compared with their peers, the Times reports.
See statewide and individual school scores at cde.ca.gov.