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Students honored for high California STAR Testing Program scores
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2011 15:52 PM

Several students who excelled on the 2011 California Standards Test (CST) recently received the red carpet treatment at Oak Hills High School, the Hesperia Star reported.

A total of 136 students were invited to attend the STAR Student Dinner for scoring advanced in the English language arts and mathematics portions of the CST, which is a part of the California STAR Testing Program, the news source stated. An additional 16 students in attendance achieved perfect scores in one or both of the two sections.

"The students we are celebrating here tonight are focused and conscientious," Jennifer Adams, principal of Mesquite Trails Elementary School, told the news outlet. "They set goals for themselves, track and reflect on their progress, and put in the extra effort to master skills that are difficult for them. They have earned this honor."

In addition to enjoying a catered dinner, these students got to enter the High School on a red carpet, had their pictures taken and received trophies and medals for their academic accomplishments, the news outlet reported.

According to the California Department of Education, 54 percent of the approximately 4.7 million students who participated in the 2011 STAR program scored proficient or above in English, while 50 percent achieved the same results in mathematics.