Friday, February 25, 2011

National Science Test Shows San Diego Unified in Top Four of Large Districts

Science test scores for San Diego Unified students in grades 4 and 8 ranked fourth nationally, but there still is a significant achievement gap among ethnic groups, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) report released Feb. 24.

Of the 17 districts polled, San Diego Unified fourth graders were topped only by students in: Austin, Tex.; Jefferson County, Ky. (Louisville); and Charlotte, N.C. Eighth-grade average scores in San Diego Unified tied with Houston and were bested by: Charlotte, N.C.; Jefferson County, Ky. (Louisville); and Austin, Tex.

San Diego Unified's scores also topped the average of California schools. The results were for the 2009 test and covered only science in grades 4 and 8. The tests are conducted by the the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education.

San Diego Unified did show achievement gaps wider than some other large school districts, with these science scores mirroring issues shown in the California Standards Test results released last fall. The district has made reducing the achievement gap one of its top priorities.

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