El Dorado County students again performed significantly higher than the state average on the 2012 California Standards Tests in all academic areas. The CST, a part of the California State Standardized Testing and Reporting Program, measures student knowledge based on the California Academic Content Standards, which are among the most rigorous in the nation.
In the spring, students in grades two through 11 took part in the state’s STAR Program. The STAR Program is comprised of a variety of tests. Students in grades two through 11 were given the CST in English/Language Arts and Mathematics. A writing test was administered in grades four and seven. In addition, a CST was administered for History/Social Science in grades eight through 11, Math in grades eight through 11 (course-based assessments), and Science in grades five and eight through 11.
The results of the CST are reported at five performance levels: advanced, proficient, basic, below basic, and far below basic. El Dorado County students placed in the proficient and advanced levels at a significantly higher percentage than the State average in all subject areas. In English/Language Arts across all grade levels, 12 percent more of El Dorado County students placed in the proficient and advanced levels than the state.
In Mathematics, 8.5 percent more El Dorado County students in grades two through seven achieved advanced and proficient levels than the same grades statewide. Similarly, 17 percent more of the county’s students in advanced math courses, such as Algebra II and Geometry, placed in the advanced and proficient categories.
Students enrolled in Science for grades five, eight and 10, as well as students enrolled in advanced high school science courses including Biology and Chemistry, placed in the advanced and proficient level at an 18 percent higher rate than the state. In addition, 12 percent more of the county students placed in the advanced and proficient levels in History/Social Science at all grade levels.
County students also continue to show progress when compared to the previous year’s scores. English/Language Arts, Science and History scores are up 2.5 percent, 1.5 percent and 1.6 percent, respectively. Math scores are up by 3 percent in grades three through seven and by 1.6 percent in advanced math course for grades seven through 12. El Dorado County’s emphasis on standards-based curriculum and materials, effective teaching strategies, and professional development has resulted in the continued improvement in county scores.
STAR results from the CST can be found on the California Department of Education’s website: star.cde.ca.gov.