S.F. schools program may have helped boost test scores 

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More California students than ever before are proficient in math and English, according to test scores from the last school year that were released by the California Department of Education on Friday.

Scroll down to read the full test results for the San Francisco Unified School District.

The percentage of students testing proficient in English increased to 57 percent, a 4 percent gain. In math, the figure rose 1 percent to 51 percent.

In San Francisco specifically, scores improved dramatically among students in the Superintendent’s Zone, which comprises 14 historically low-performing schools in low-income and mostly minority neighborhoods. 

District data show 36 percent of students in these schools are proficient in English, compared with 28 percent when the program was first created in 2010. In math, those schools are 49 percent proficient compared to 33 percent in 2010.

The purpose of the Superintendent’s Zone is to provide minority and low-income students specialized resources to increase their test scores and improve school participation and attendance, according to the San Francisco Unified School District.

Overall, the San Francisco Unified School District’s largest gain was in English, with 60.5 percent of students testing proficient last school

Among black students, the results show a 4 percent gain in both English and math. Hispanic students also made progress, posting increases of 1 percent in math and 2 percent in English.

Superintendent Richard Carranza said in a statement that the district has made closing the gap between white and minority students a priority and the test results show progress is being made.

The Standardized Testing and Reporting exam, STAR, is a way for the state to check districts’ progress in teaching students core subjects. Tests in English, math, science and history are given in second grade through 11th grade, but not all students are required to take each one.


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