Students in Riverside County continued improving their scores on standardized tests, with higher percentages scoring advanced or proficient in math and English, according to results released today by the state Department of Education.
The improvement in scores on the 2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting Program mirrored increases seen across the state, according to state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.
“In less than a decade, California has gone from having only one student in three score proficient to better than one student in two,” Torlakson said. “That’s nearly 900,000 more students reaching proficiency now than in 2003 — a remarkable achievement that represents real, sustained improvements in learning.”
More than 300,000 students in Riverside County were tested, with 56.2 percent scoring advanced or proficient in English-language arts and 48.7 percent in mathematics, according to figures released by the state.
Last year, 53.4 percent of county students scored advanced or proficient in English and 47.7 percent achieved those levels in math.
Those scores lagged behind the statewide average, which shows 57.2 percent scoring advanced or proficient in English and 51.5 percent in math.
About 4.7 million students took part in the 2012 STAR program, which includes California Standards Tests, California Modified Assessment, California Alternate Performance Assessment and Standards-based Tests in Spanish for Spanish-speaking and English-learner students.