In testament to the hard work
of students, teachers, administrators, and parents, the number of San Diego
County students demonstrating proficiency in math and English language arts on
the California Standards Tests (CSTs) continues to increase. This year:
- 63 percent of students in grades 2-11 scored at proficient or advanced
in English language arts, an increase of three percent from 2011 and 12 percent
- 55 percent of students in grades 2-11 scored at proficient
or advanced in math, an increase of one percent from last year and eight percent
over five years.
Students in each of the four major ethnic groups—white,
African American, Hispanic and Asian—showed improvement from 2011 to 2012. The
trends are also positive for English learners and economically disadvantaged
Compared to 2011, four percent more African American and
Hispanic students are now demonstrating proficiency in English language arts.
These increases contribute to a 14 percent gain for African American students
and a 15 percent gain for Hispanic students over the last five years.
For English learners, the percentage of students scoring proficient and
advanced in English language arts increased two percent over last year, from 27
percent in 2011 to 29 percent in 2012. Compared to five years ago, 11 percent
more English learners are now scoring at proficient or advanced.
economically disadvantaged students, the percentage of students scoring at the
top two performance levels in English language arts increased three percent from
2011 to 2012, from 45 to 48 percent. Fourteen percent more economically
disadvantaged students are scoring proficient or advanced than five years ago.
Despite the gains, achievement gaps persist between African American and
Hispanic students with their White and Asian counterparts, between English
learners and their fluent peers, and between socioeconomically disadvantaged and
We must accelerate our efforts to close
these achievement gaps, which are among the most persistent challenges facing
schools. We’re seeing progress, but it’s not happening fast enough for the
students who are now in our schools.