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San Bruno Park Schools Raise English, Math Scores by 5 Percent

Schools in the San Bruno Park School District continue to score above the state average on annual STAR tests. Compared with the rest of San Mateo County, they train slightly behind in English scores but above average in math scores.

New statewide test results released today by the state Department of Education show that San Bruno Park schools continue to score above-average in English-language arts and math.

About 4.7 million students throughout the state took the Standardized Testing and Reporting, or STAR, test last school year, and 57 percent scored proficient or above in English-language arts while 51 percent scored proficient or above in mathematics—the highest percentage since the tests were first given in 2003, according to the education department.

STAR results monitor scores from second to 11th grades.

For schools in the San Bruno Park School District, 64 percent of students in the second through eighth grades scored proficient or above in English-language arts—a —and 71 percent of students in the second through seventh grades scored proficient or above in math—also a 5 percent increase from the 2011 scores.

Compared with the rest of San Mateo County, San Bruno Park's English-language arts scores slightly trailed the average for rest of the county—66 percent. But the school district surpassed the average math scores for the county—60 percent.

Eighth graders were required to test in several other subjects, and the following are their results:

  • General math: 41 percent proficient or above
  • Algebra I: 84 percent proficient or above
  • History: 49 percent proficient or above
  • Life Science: 60 percent proficient or above

To see the full results for the school district, visit the California Department of Education website.

Scott C. September 01, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Congratulations San Bruno teachers and staff!! Your team play and hard work is greatly appreciated :-)
Christopher September 02, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I think the actual test takers should be congratulated too, no? Even their parents? If the scores decline next year, will you assign blame only to "teachers and staff."
Renee C. September 02, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Good work, teachers and staff. You rock. Some might not realize that even at the better-performing schools in our district 1/3of our students are economically disadvantaged. We are persevering through tough times!
watchfultaxpayer September 02, 2012 at 06:13 AM
I'm getting mixed messages. How is the STAR test different than the Academic Performance Index that was in the papers mid-June? Those numbers did not look so promising. It is interesting how times change. When I was going to school back when dinasaurs roamed, many of the 'poor' chidren strived the hardest and got good grades. One even went on to work for NASA, several made doctors and lawyers and one went to Hollywood and made a reasonable living acting here and there. Now poor has been replaced by economically disadvantaged and somehow it is surprising when they do better or well? Being poor used to be a great motivator. Yes, times have changed I suppose. And no more dfinosaurs roam thank heavens.
Christopher September 02, 2012 at 04:27 PM
I think there is a connection between income and standardized test results. I just think it's silly not to include KIDS and parents in the congratulations. Credit - and blame - should be assigned where it is due.

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