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MVLA district students continue to excel on state tests

Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District students continue to register improved performances on the 2011 STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) test results recently released by the California Department of Education.

MVLA students demonstrated proficiency well above state levels and showed an increase over the 2010 results.

Results in the following exams:

• English-Language Arts – 76 percent scored proficient or advanced, an annual increase of 2 percent and a five-year improvement of 12 percent.

• Life Sciences – 75 percent, proficient or advanced, an annual increase of 4 percent and a five-year improvement of 16 percent.

• U.S. History – 75 percent, proficient or advanced, an annual improvement of 2 percent and a five-year improvement of 16 percent.

• Summative High School Mathematics exam, 74 percent, proficient or advanced.

“(Our scores) have shown a steady upward progression (over the 11 years of testing) because teachers have engaged in site- and classroom-specific data analysis. They have used this data analysis to select instructional strategies that meet the needs of individual students,” Mountain View High teacher Paige Price said. “This collaborative approach to change is producing greater alignment and consistency, which benefits all students.”

The “high scores are a product of hard work. The ongoing rise in achievement results from the hard work of our students, in their daily commitment to learning and achievement,” said Galen Rosenberg, Los Altos High School Western Association of Schools and Colleges coordinator. “Our staff has focused for many years on collaboration, high standards and consistent expectations for all of our students. Test scores are not the only measure of excellence, but they certainly confirm that excellence in an important way. We are proud that our dedication to our students and to our professional practice throughout the district have yielded such remarkable growth.”

The California Standards Tests results, the California High School Exam results and the graduation rate combined determine the district’s Academic Performance Index, scheduled for release in the fall.

For more information, visit star.cde.ca.gov.

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