On Tuesday, the California Department of Education released results of the 2011 standardized testing and reporting (STAR) program, which showed that San Ramon Valley students of all grade levels continue to excel academically in all subjects.
While the standardized tests evaluate 4.7 million students statewide, results from the California Standards Test (CST) show that the district continues to make gains in the percentage of students scoring at the "proficient and advanced" levels, scoring well above the state average.
Despite an increase of more than 930 San Ramon Valley Unified (SRVUSD) students taking the exam, an equal or higher percentage scored proficient or advanced in most grade levels for English and elementary or middle school general math.
"To see consistent testing gains in a high performing district like ours is very gratifying," said Superintendent Steven Enoch. "These results reflect an extremely dedicated group of teachers, supportive parents and hard-working students - all focused on core academic achievement for every student."
Approximately 22,600 students in grades 2-11 participated in the 2011 STAR program, with 85 percent scoring proficient or above in English-language arts and 78.5 percent scoring proficient or above in mathematics. Neighboring district Pleasanton Unified showed 83 percent advanced or proficient students in English as well as general math.
The largest percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced was in fourth grade, where 92 percent of students scored proficient or advanced in English-Language Arts -- a six-point increase from last year. Third grade students made a two-point gain with 90 percent scoring proficient or advanced in mathematics.
In the Life Science portion of the CST, which is tested in grades 5, 8 and 10, scores increased by a combined 9 percentage points.
The State Board of Education has established the "proficient" level as the desired achievement goal for all students. That level represents a solid performance in which students demonstrate a competent and adequate understanding of the knowledge and skills measured by the assessment at a particular grade, in a particular content area.
In order to appropriately test those skills, the 2011 STAR program consisted of the CST, a modified assessment designed for students with disabilities, standards based tests in Spanish and the alternate performance assessment for students who have significant cognitive disabilities.
The results of these exams, with the exception of the STS, are included in state and federal accountability reports. Students who complete the STS also complete the CST and/or CMA for their grade level.