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schooldeskappleThe vast majority of Castaic, Newhall, Saugus Union and Sulphur Springs elementary school students are testing proficient or advanced, according to STAR score results released Thursday.

The following is a quick overview of the results for the English language arts, math and sciences, which are displayed with links to the complete data for each district, including the Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District.

While the state’s Legislature and Department of Education are looking at various plans to phase out the tests, including the replacement with a computerized version, the pencil-and-paper exams are still the benchmark the state uses to look at school and district progress.

The STAR scores will be analyzed and reviewed by the state, which then hands out an API score for schools and districts, based on progress made on the STAR tests.

The state is expected to have a revamped testing curriculum for local districts by 2014-15.

 

Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District

The Acton Agua Dulce Unified School District has two elementary schools, Meadowlark School and the Agua Dulce School. Both schools are kindergarten to fifth-grade schools.

At Meadowlark, of 249 students tested, 56.6 percent of students tested proficient or advanced in the English language arts section.

In math, 63.3 percent of the 248 students tested scored proficient or advanced, and 77.3 percent of 66 students tested scored proficient or advanced in science.

At the Agua Dulce location, 52.3 percent of 111 students tested were proficient or advanced in English language arts.

In math, 58 percent of 112 students tested scored proficient or advanced. And in science, 50 percent of the 26 students tested scored proficient or advanced.

 

Castaic Union

In the Castaic Union School District, there are three elementary school locations — Live Oak Elementary, Northlake Hills Elementary and Castaic Elementary, which are kindergarten to fifth-grade schools. There is also Castaic Middle School, which is a sixth to eighth grade location.

Castaic Middle School had 980 students tested in English language arts and 68.5 percent tested proficient or advanced.

There were 994 students tested in math, and 48.9 percent tested proficient or advanced. There were 356 students tested in science and 87.9 percent of scores were proficient or advanced.

Castaic Elementary had 380 students tested and 66.8 students score proficient or advanced in English language arts.

The school had 382 students tested in math, and 67.5 percent scored proficient or advanced. There were 96 students tested in science, and 64.6 percent scored proficient or advanced.

Live Oak Elementary had 440 students tested in English language arts, and 61.6 percent scored proficient.

In math, 440 students were tested, and 64.1 percent scored proficient. In science, 60 percent of 95 students tested scored proficient.

At Northlake Hills, of 408 students tested, 67.6 percent scored proficient or advanced in English language arts.

Of 408 students tested in math, 72.8 percent scored proficient or advanced; 101 students were tested in science, and 82.2 percent scored proficient or advanced.

 

Newhall

The Newhall School District is a kindergarten to sixth grade elementary school district with a little more than 5,000 total students.

Of the 4,816 students tested in English language arts, 78.3 percent scored proficient or advanced, districtwide.

In math, 83 percent of 4,839 students tested scored proficient or advanced; and in science, 966 students were tested and 76.9 percent scored in the proficient or advanced range.

 

Saugus Union

Officials with the Saugus Union School District, which is the largest elementary school district in the Santa Clarita Valley, released the following statement with their students’ scores:

“We are proud of our students’ hard work and their achievement and proud of our teachers’ skillful instruction, dedication and hard work,” said Christine Hamlin, director of instructional services for Saugus Union.

“Parents are encouraged to review their child’s scores and discuss 2013-14 academic goals with their child’s teacher at Goal Setting Conferences in September,” Hamlin said.

Saugus Union had 7,118 students tested in English language arts and 73.6 percent tested proficient or advanced.

In math, 7,140 students were tested, and 75 percent scored proficient or advanced; in science, 1,433 students were tested, and 74.9 percent of students tested proficient or advanced.

 

Sulphur Springs

The Sulphur Springs School District had 4,041 students tested last year.

In English language arts, 3,807 students were tested and 66.3 percent scored proficient or advanced.

In math, 3,824 students had scores, and 68.7 percent of those scores were in the proficient or advanced range. In science, 734 students were tested, and 65.4 percent of those scores were proficient or advanced.

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