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August 16, 2005 > New Haven students show 'good progress' on standards tests

New Haven students show 'good progress' on standards tests

by Rick La Plante

An increasing number of New Haven Unified School District students are testing at or above state standards according to preliminary STAR (Standardized Testing and Results). Preliminary results have also been released from the California High School Exit Exam (CASHEE).

``Our students are showing good progress,'' Superintendent Dr. Pat Jaurequi said after seeing the results of the STAR tests, taken by more than 10,000 students at the District's eight elementary schools, three middle schools and James Logan High School during April and May of 2005. ``These results reflect the good work being done by our teachers and, of course, the hard work being done by our students.

``At the same time, we realize we still have a lot of work to do to indeed become the District that delivers for all students,'' Dr. Jaurequi added. ``To that end, the District is committed.''

Students took two types of STAR tests: the California Standards Tests (CSTs), which measure progress based on state curriculum content standards that are among the highest in the United States, and the CAT/6 tests, which compare achievement in Grades 3 and 7 to students
throughout the country.

In the CST language arts test, the percentage of New Haven students scoring at or above standards - in other words, the percentage of students scoring ``proficient'' or ``advanced'' - increased at nearly every grade level.

District-wide proficiency in mathematics also increased at almost every grade level, with a majority of 2nd grade and 3rd grade students scoring above state standards at all eight elementary schools.

Results of the High School Exit Exam show that New Haven students are continuing to pass at rates higher than those of Alameda County as a whole. The District also exceeded county averages for nearly all subgroups, including Hispanic and African-American students.

But more than 200 of the District's approximately 1,000 incoming seniors still have not passed one or both parts of the exam, which students ``must pass for the first time this year in order to earn a diploma in June,'' said Craig Boyan, Director of Assessment and Evaluation for the District.

``In addition, a gap still exists between the achievement of Hispanic and African-American subgroups and that of other ethnic groups,'' he said, ``and scores are also low for English Learners, socio-economically disadvantaged students, and students receiving special education.''

Dr. Jaurequi said the STAR and CASHEE results would be among the topics discussed during the District's Strategic Planning process, which begins Aug. 22-24 with three full days of meetings involving students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members.

For more information, call New Haven Unified School District (510) 471-1100

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