Overall, English scores were up two points, math up one point, science up five points and history/social sciences were up four points. Among the large urban districts in California, San Diego Unified is tied for the top spot in English Language Arts with San Francisco Unified, and Science (NCLB) with Garden Grove Unified. This is the second year that San Diego Unified has been at the top of the English Language Arts list of the state’s large districts, according to the California Standards Tests, under the state's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program.
"Our test scores have steadily gone up since 2008," said Dr. John Lee Evans, President of the Board of Education. "This shows we were on the right track this year when we worked out an agreement to recall 1,500 teachers back to the classroom. We need every one of these teachers to continue producing these great results."
The achievement gap -- the difference in test scores among ethnic groups -- continues to be an issue, according to Dr. Nellie Meyer, Deputy Superintendent for Academics.
"While we are pleased with the continued progress, our challenge continues as we work to make sure that all student groups continue to improve. Our goal is to narrow the gap between groups, particularly African Americans and Latinos, at a faster pace," she said. Meyer noted that the district's concentrated effort to reduce the gap ranges from identifying at-risk youth in elementary schools to district-wide programs to reduce the dropout rate.
"We have fostered a spirit of innovation here that has allowed our teachers, staff and, in many cases, community volunteers the ability to work one-on-one with a child and make sure they are prepared to become great contributors to the next generation of San Diegans," she said.Superintendent Bill Kowba saluted the hard work by teachers and staff members.
"Despite these trying budget times, our district is continuing its statewide and national leadership," he said. "I salute all of those adults working every day to help our kids."
Download charts showing the 2012 district-wide test results at http://www.sandi.net/cms/lib/CA01001235/Centricity/shared/misc_photos/2012star.pdf