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Truckee students get passing grades

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Truckee students received a report card from the state this summer and passed with flying colors.

“We are so proud of our students,” said Tahoe-Truckee High School Principal Dennis LeBlanc. “But we couldn’t have gotten the good scores without the talented staff that we have.”

Truckee students were well above national and state averages with their Scholastic Aptitude Test Scores. The students’ average was 514 in verbal aptitude and 544 in math aptitude. State averages are 497 and 516 respectively, while the national averages are

505 and 512 respectively.

TTHS students also performed well with the ACT tests that cover English, math, reading and scientific reasoning skills. The national average score for the ACT test is 21 and the state’s average is 22.2. TTHS students scored an average 22.3.

In addition, college bound honor students passed more than 32 Advanced Placement tests in biology, French and English.

“This year our students really stepped up and did well with their testing,” LeBlanc said. “I think a lot of it had to do with the block scheduling. Students are more focused with meaningful learning, and are a lot less scattered.”

The STAR tests, a nationally normed test to assess reading comprehension and math skills, was administered in the district at the end of last year’s school year. TTUSD students tested above grade from the fourth to 10th grades.

With 50 percent as the national norm, the district’s fourth-graders had tested to 61 percent in reading and 39 percent in math, eighth-graders averaged 68 percent and 57 percent, respectively, and 10th-graders scored at the 53 and 63 percentiles.

In the northern California region, TTHS 10th-graders placed eighth in reading comprehension among the state’s schools with 57 percent, and fifth in math skills with 71 percent.

“We’re thrilled to rank among the top 10, especially when the competing schools are Granite Bay, Davis and Rio Americano,” LeBlanc said. “It’s an honor.”

TTUSD Superintendent Jim Abbott said some of the lower scores at the elementary school level reflect the percentage of non-English speaking students in the district. The tests are administered only in English, which presents an obstacle to students who are just beginning to learn the language.

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