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Below is an analysis of our 1998 and 1999 Stanford 9 achievement test scores prepared by a constituent who is very concerned about the quality of education that we are providing.

His explanatory comments are as follows:

"I have run the preliminary S9 test numbers on the computer and have the
BHUSD district rankings in Los Angeles County for 1999.  Across the grade
levels and subject areas tested, there were 43 scores reported.  The 1998
rankings are also provided for comparison purposes.  Note that the rankings
are for *school districts* in *Los Angeles County* only.

The 1999 rankings are not very satisfying.  BHUSD was ranked No. 1 in L.A.
County in *none* of the 43 areas reported.  Combining the 1998 and 1999
scores (86 total areas reported), BHUSD did not rank No. 1 in a single
category.  In 1999, BHUSD did not even rank second in any category.


The rankings were most disappointing in Grades 2, 4, and 7.  Grade 2 scores
were particularly disappointing (look at Grade 2 math).  This is also the
second year in a row that the Grade 9 science scores were disappointing.
It looks like the elementary schools may not be doing an adequate job in
preparing our kids for high school level science.  Grade 9 science scores
ranked No. 10 in 1998 and No. 11 in 1999.

The highest 1999 rankings occurred in Language at the upper grade levels
(Grades 8-11, inclusive).  Even there, the best BHUSD could do is to rank
third compared to other LA County districts.

With all of the talk of reform and the need for improvement, I believe the
rankings for 1999 are a major disappointment.  If you want BHUSD to be No.
1 again (even in L.A. County), there is a MAJOR need for improvement.

Both in 1998 and 1999, the rankings are based on the mean scaled score for
each district in each reported category.

I hope that you are able to really come down hard on the student
achievement problem in the BHUSD.  Another year has gone by, and our kids
are basically standing still in terms of student achievement.  You need to
be very demanding of both the students *and* the teachers if you want to
achieve meaningful results."

GRADE

READ98

READ99

MATH98

MATH99

LANG98

LANG99

SPEL98

SPEL99

SCI98

SCI99

SOCSCI98

SOCSCI99

GRADE 2

5

7

2

10

5

8

5

8

x

x

x

x

GRADE 3

6

5

5

4

6

4

4

4

x

x

x

x

GRADE 4

5

8

5

8

5

8

7

8

x

x

x

x

GRADE 5

8

7

8

4

7

4

8

7

x

x

x

x

GRADE 6

7

7

9

6

7

9

12

7

x

x

x

x

GRADE 7

7

8

5

7

2

6

5

7

x

x

x

x

GRADE 8

7

4

5

5

3

3

7

3

x

x

x

x

GRADE 9

6

5

5

5

4

3

x

x

10

11

7

6

GRADE 10

6

5

4

5

5

3

x

x

5

7

4

5

GRADE 11

6

5

6

4

5

3

x

x

9

6

7

5

The above spreadsheet shows where we ranked among public school districts in Los Angeles County in each category.  Numbers in blue are those that I personally am proud of.  Numbers in black are those that I believe are acceptable.  Numbers in red are those that I am most concerned about.

Last year, we were promised higher test scores.  This promise has not materialized to a satisfactory level.  We should be #1 or #2 in most categories.   Instead, we are trailing districts that have far less money to spend per student.   It is the ultimate responsibility of the School Board to represent the public by holding the relevant staff members accountable for these disappointing test scores.   I do not intend to accept any more promises -- I will push for concrete goals and for a clear plan as to what will happen if such goals are not met.  I will also oppose any administrative pay raises until the test scores improve and until we have erased our substantial budget deficit.

I am very disappointed by this year's scores.  I hope that the entire Board will join me in taking steps that will improve the quality of instruction so that our students can be more competitive as compared with the other districts in Los Angeles County.

Click here for LA Times story/data regarding our Stanford 9 scores.

New:  click here for detailed comparison with other districts in LA County.

New:  click here for detailed comparison of second graders at EACH SCHOOL with second graders at other schools in LA County.

New:  click here for comparison, by grade level, of the scores for our four elementary/middle schools.

New:  click here for comparison of what we spend per student to what other districts spend.

 

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