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California STAR testing scores improve
TUESDAY, AUGUST 16, 2011 15:49 PM

Although schools across the country face a variety of different challenges, KABC-TV reported that scores for the California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) examination are up for the ninth straight year in a row in Southern California.

California STAR Testing is administered each spring to California students in grades two through eleven to see how well these individuals are performing academically, according to the state's Department of Education. Tests gauge pupils' skills in the areas of reading, writing, history, math and science.

Results from the 2011 STAR program show that 54 percent of students are considered to be proficient in English language arts, while 50 percent met the established level of competence in math, the news source stated. The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) achieved a level of performance that was slightly higher than the rest of the state, by 1 percent in language and 2 percent in math.

"We are not where we want to be yet but we surely are nowhere where we used to be in LAUSD," John Deasy, superintendent of the LAUSD, told the news outlet. "Knowing this pace with which we can continue is only able to encourage us to demand more of ourselves, more of our students and more of our parents."



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