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Slight gains seen on public school students’ standardized tests

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San Francisco public school students made slim gains in their most recent standardized test scores, and black and Hispanic students improved a little more than their white and Asian peers. 

The state released the scores that schoolchildren across California received on tests they took in spring. The Standardized Testing and Reporting exams are intended as a barometer of progress for schools, districts and the state as a whole, and schools that don’t show progress can face penalties or closure.

Overall, about 56 percent of San Francisco students tested either proficient or advanced in English, and about 65 percent of children between grades two and seven did well in math.

The City’s students still outpace state averages in English by a few percentage points — about 52 percent of California students tested proficient or advanced in English. It’s unclear how San Francisco students’ math skills compare statewide because The City counts them slightly differently than California.

Overall, about 48 percent of students statewide tested well in math.

San Francisco students in grades two through seven improved by 2.3 percent in English and 3 percent in math, according to the San Francisco Unified School District. The gains in math outpaced the gains seen statewide, but the English gains were about the same.

The district boasted that it has managed to narrow the “achievement gap,” the major difference in the testing scores for white and Asian children and their black and Hispanic peers. For example, black students improved their math-proficiency rates by 4.8 percent and Hispanic students by 3.6 percent, compared to 3 percent districtwide.

But despite the slight improvements, both the district and the state are still failing to educate black and Hispanic students as well as white and Asian kids. For example, some 84 percent of San Francisco fourth-graders aced their English tests, but a mere 37 percent of black students did.

kworth@sfexaminer.com

 

  English   Math
Elementary Schools Grade 2009 2010 change   2009 2010 change
Alamo Elementary School 4 87 82 -5   87 92 5
Alvarado Elementary School 4 72 63 -9   64 64 0
Argonne Elementary School 4 86 88 2   84 84 0
Brown, Jr. (Willie L.) School 4 4 25 21   11 13 2
Bryant Elementary School 4 17 43 26   23 34 11
Buena Vista Annex School 4 58 69 11   54 72 18
Carmichael Elementary School 4 58 62 4   54 69 15
Carver Elementary School 4 37 43 6   37 34 -3
Chavez (Cesar) Elementary School 4 50 54 4   43 49 6
Chin (John Yehall) Elementary School 4 64 80 16   87 91 4
Chinese Education Center School 4 0 0 0   57 82 25
Clarendon Alternative School (formerly Clarendon Elementary School) 4 86 84 -2   68 87 19
Cleveland Elementary School 4 32 34 2   26 31 5
Cobb (William L.) Elementary School 4 69 65 -4   70 60 -10
Commodore Sloat Elementary School 4 83 75 -8   84 81 -3
Creative Arts Charter School 4 75 73 -2   75 53 -22
Drew (Charles R.) Elementary School ** 3 15 ****     19 ****  
El Dorado Elementary School 4 35 25 -10   31 34 3
Fairmount Elementary School 4 54 49 -5   63 52 -11
Feinstein (Dianne) Elementary School ** 3 61 76 15   70 72 2
Flynn Elementary School 4 36 46 10   25 31 6
Francis Scott Key Elementary School 4 70 76 6   84 77 -7
Garfield Elementary School 4 89 64 -25   85 77 -8
Glen Park Elementary School 4 53 51 -2   53 47 -6
Grattan Elementary School 4 78 70 -8   78 68 -10
Guadalupe Elementary School 4 62 44 -18   68 52 -16
Harte (Bret) Elementary School 4 37 31 -6   24 24 0
Hillcrest Elementary School 4 32 37 5   25 28 3
Jefferson Elementary School 4 81 81 0   75 79 4
Lafayette Elementary School 4 87 84 -3   94 84 -10
Lakeshore Elementary School 4 68 59 -9   71 63 -8
Lau (Gordon J.) Elementary School 4 72 80 8   79 89 10
Lawton K-8 School 4 78 83 5   89 94 5
Lilienthal K-8 School 4 86 89 3   85 93 8
Longfellow Elementary School 4 63 65 2   65 82 17
Malcolm X Elementary School 4 35 ****     65 ****  
Marshall Elementary School 4 58 41 -17   58 66 8
McCoppin Elementary School 4 54 65 11   49 75 26
McKinley Elementary School 4 86 52 -34   64 64 0
Milk (Harvey) Civil Rights Elementary School 4 80 67 -13   80 63 -17
Miraloma Elementary School 4 86 84 -2   84 77 -7
Mission Education Center School 4 0 0 0   3 18 15
Monroe Elementary School 4 69 66 -3   68 75 7
Moscone Elementary School 4 73 71 -2   77 82 5
Muir (John) Elementary School 4 18 36 18   18 36 18
New Traditions Elementary School 4 35 74 39   21 54 33
Ortega (Jose) Elementary School 4 66 87 21   53 91 38
Parker (Jean) Elementary School 4 69 59 -10   83 88 5
Parks (Rosa) Elementary School 4 49 32 -17   54 40 -14
Peabody (George) Elementary School 4 92 74 -18   85 87 2
Redding Elementary School 4 64 74 10   66 71 5
Revere (Paul) Elementary School 4 42 30 -12   38 29 -9
Rooftop K-8 School 4 81 81 0   66 80 14
San Francisco Community K-8 School 4 71 52 -19   80 56 -24
Sanchez Elementary School 4 27 48 21   62 59 -3
Serra Elementary School 4 63 48 -15   59 46 -13
Sheridan Elementary School 4 81 61 -20   57 62 5
Sherman Elementary School 4 73 95 22   75 99 24
Spring Valley Elementary School 4 78 64 -14   81 84 3
Starr King Elementary School 4 46 23 -23   42 36 -6
Stevenson Elementary School 4 86 91 5   97 97 0
Sunnyside Elementary School 4 56 65 9   47 68 21
Sunset Elementary School 4 67 84 17   84 83 -1
Sutro Elementary School 4 74 66 -8   78 90 12
Taylor Elementary School 4 74 74 0   72 75 3
Tenderloin Community Elementary School 4 52 38 -14   62 56 -6
Ulloa Elementary School 4 86 83 -3   94 95 1
Visitacion Valley Elementary School 4 60 64 4   77 84 7
Webster (Daniel) Elementary School 4 20 39 19   40 18 -22
West Portal Elementary School 4 79 86 7   94 84 -10
Yick Wo Elementary School 4 66 84 18   79 86 7
Yu (Alice Fong) K-8 School 4 88 93 5   96 95 -1
                 



  English   Math
Elementary Schools Grade 2009 2010 change   2009 2010 change
Middle Schools                
A.P. Giannini Middle School 7 69 75 6   73 76 3
Aptos Middle School 7 71 70 -1   70 72 2
Brown, Jr. (Willie L.) School *** 6 13 15 2   3 13 10
Carmichael Elementary School 7 22 31 9   19 42 23
Creative Arts Charter School 7 60 50 -10   45 24 -21
Everett Middle School 7 18 20 2   14 4 -10
Francisco Middle School 7 26 29 3   53 68 15
Herbert Hoover Middle School 7 73 70 -3   65 65 0
Horace Mann Middle School 7 29 44 15   22 33 11
James Denman Middle School 7 37 44 7   32 29 -3
James Lick Middle School 7 40 47 7   43 46 3
King (Martin Luther) Middle School 7 48 45 -3   43 39 -4
KIPP Bayview Academy 7 58 67 9   47 74 27
KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy 7 59 64 5   73 71 -2
Lawton K-8 School 7 89 96 7   96 97 1
Lilienthal K-8 School 7 100 90 -10   84 80 -4
Marina Middle School 7 54 55 1   66 57 -9
Presidio Middle School 7 79 75 -4   76 75 -1
Revere (Paul) Elementary School 7 15 34 19   8 12 4
Rooftop K-8 School 7 95 85 -10   70 77 7
Roosevelt Middle School 7 75 74 -1   81 79 -2
San Francisco Community K-8 School 7 64 56 -8   76 68 -8
Visitacion Valley Middle School 7 40 36 -4   32 34 2
Yu (Alice Fong) K-8 School 7 93 95 2   95 97 2



  English   Math
Elementary Schools Grade 2009 2010 change   2009 2010 change
High Schools                
Abraham Lincoln High School 10 49 45 -4   *    
Balboa High School 10 46 52 6   *    
Burton (Phillip & Sala) High School 10 22 32 10   *    
City Arts & Tech Charter High School 10 36 28 -8   *    
Downtown High (Continuation) School 10 0 3 3   *    
Galileo High School 10 52 53 1   *    
Gateway Charter High School 10 52 51 -1   *    
George Washington High School 10 57 56 -1   *    
Independence High (Alternative) School 10 20 33 13   *    
International Studies Academy 10 18 22 4   *    
June Jordan High School 10 20 17 -3   *    
Leadership Charter High School 10 26 21 -5   *    
Life Learning Charter Academy 10 17 8 -9   *    
Lowell High School 10 96 95 -1   *    
Marshall (Thurgood) High School 10 23 26 3   *    
Metropolitan Arts and Technology Charter High 10 48 38 -10   *    
Mission High School 10 11 19 8   *    
Newcomer (Limited English Proficient) H.S. 10 0 0 0   *    
OConnell (John A.) High School 10 23 22 -1   *    
Raoul Wallenberg High School 10 54 60 6   *    
School of the Arts 10 67 79 12   *    
Wells (Ida B.) Alternative High School 10 0 14 14   *    

* No cumulative percentages available because high-school students take different integrated math, algebra, geometry and other math tests according to their skill level.

** No fourth-grade comparison available because this elementary school is either a K-3 or didn't have a fourth grade prior to this year.

*** No seventh-grade comparison available because this school did not have a seventh grade last year.

**** No scores are shown for less than 10 students.

Source: California Department of Education