STAR Reports Released: AUSD Students Improve

‘Most of our schools are continuing to achieve and improve year after year.’ — AUSD Superintendent Kirsten Vital

Accumulative test scores for schools in the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) saw improvement in statewide standardize testing for a fourth-straight year.

The California Department of Education released its Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) test results. It showed that Alameda students boosted their average scores district-wide in 2012, improving on the previous three years of growth over the course of 2009, 2010 and 2011. Across the district, Alameda schools improved the percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in California Standards Test (CST) scores in English Language Arts (an increase of 3.9 percent) and in math (an increase of 3.8 percent).

All grade levels showed increased percentages of students scoring proficient and advanced in English Language Arts (ELA) except for fifth grade, including a notable jump of 10 percent in third and sixth grades. Third, sixth and seventh grades had increases between six percent and 19 percent in math.

Eighth-grade algebra 1 increased the number of students reaching proficient or advanced by nine percent. Geometry scores for the district improved by 5 percent.

Alameda did see some decreases in scores from last year. District scores decreased slightly in science (down by one percent) and history (down by 1.4 percent), both those subjects still show a two-year gain from scores in 2010.

The California Department of Education has established an Annual Measurable Objective (AMO) that each district is to meet.

The AMO, which was put into place by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, is for every district to see test-score growth of 11 percent in English and math from 2007 scores. Six out of 10 elementary schools in AUSD are likely to meet this year's AMO, in math. Five out of the 10 elementary schools will most likely meet AMO in English Language Arts (ELA), with three of the remaining schools showing growth between 5.2 percent and 8.9 percent.

Minority students also saw increases from last year's scores. African-American students showed an increase of 4.6 percent in ELA and 5.3 percent in math. Hispanic/ Latino students' scores saw gains of 4.7 percent in ELA and 6.6 percent in math. English language learners increased their scores by 3.4 percent in ELA and 3.5 percent in math.

"This latest round of reports from the state confirms that most of our students at most of our schools are continuing to achieve and improve year after year," stated AUSD Superintendent Kirsten Vital in a press release. "We can all be proud of the hard work of our students, families, community members, teachers and staff members that led to these results. We will continue to work together to ensure that every student at every school in the district achieves his or her full potential."

Recently, the state released results from the 2011-2012 California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE). Overall, AUSD's 10th graders increased two percent (to 88 percent) in the ELA portion of the test compared to last year, but dropped one percent (to 89 percent) passing in math compared to last year. Students in AUSD are well ahead of Alameda County averages by 4 percent in ELA and 5 percent in math. They are also ahead of statewide averages by 5 percent in both ELA and math.

To view AUSD's STAR test scores visit the California Department of Education website at


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