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Tahoe/Truckee school district to analyze California test scores

Jason ShuehSierra Sun

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. andamp;#8212; The school districtandamp;#8217;s standard testing scores are in; however, the final analyzed verdict is still out.The 2010-andamp;#8217;11 California Standard Testing results were released last week, showing above-average marks locally for elementary students in the categories of English language arts and mathematics, but also raising some red flags for fifth- and sixth-graders.According to the California Department of Education data, in English language arts, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Superintendent sixth graders fell from 67 percent proficient or above in 2010 to 62 percent this year. In mathematics, sixth graders dropped from 67 percent proficient or above in 2010 to 59 percent in 2011.Similarly, the fifth grade saw a drop in English language arts, from 72 percent proficient or above to 62 percent; in mathematics, the decreased went from 76 percent to 67 percent proficient or above.The decreases, officials said last week, should not be cause for panic. The school district will investigate the numbers, including an in-depth analysis of the sixth-grade class as a whole. A full report is expected to come out in public meeting sometime in October.andamp;#8220;Weandamp;#8217;re looking for what are the areas we can celebrate and … the areas where we need to put a focus on for the upcoming year,andamp;#8221; said TTUSD Steve Jennings. andamp;#8220;It certainly is an ongoing thing. We had a meeting with our administrators and spent the majority of the day yesterday going over the scores.andamp;#8221;Within the broader picture, Dave Curry, district director of educational services, said the district is doing well, pointing to 2009-10 school year graduation numbers as proof.The state graduation rate for districts on average is 74.4 percent, Curry said, while the graduation rate in 2009-andamp;#8217;10 TTUSD was 97.7 percent, meaning nearly all students within the school district who entered high school as freshmen during the 2005-06 school year graduated four years later.According to the state, approximately 4.7 million students participated in the 2011 CST tests, with 54 percent scoring proficient or above in English language arts and 50 percent scoring at proficient or above in mathematics, the highest percentage since the programandamp;#8217;s inception in 2003.TTUSD as a whole scored higher that average compared to state percentages.Of the 2,826 students tested in English language arts in grades 2-11, 59.6 percent were proficient or advanced. Furthermore, of the 1,733 tested in mathematics from grades 2-7 (higher grades separated into different testing categories), 69.33 percent tested proficient or advanced.Regionally, according to an article in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, of the nearly 2,800 Lake Tahoe Unified School District students in grades 2-11 who took the tests, 54 percent scored in the proficient or advanced category in English while 52 percent scored in the same category for math.