On Monday, (August 15), The California Department of Education released the results of the 2011 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Holly Hermanson’s has an overview of the results
“Nevada County’s actually a mixed bag at the moment. We’re above the state average in English language arts, but we’re slightly below the state average in math and our scores went down this year from last year. So we need to take a close look at the areas where we need to pay close attention.”
Hermanson says teachers appreciate the information the STAR tests provide them.
“What teachers are doing is analyzing the data in their classrooms and saying, ‘what do I need to do?’ ‘where are my holes?’ So we can look at how their students are performing from year to year and see what they need to address and then they do other kinds of assessments throughout the course of the year.”
The California State Board of Education has identified performance levels that identify the knowledge and skills demonstrated by students. The state target is for all students to score at the proficient or advanced levels, and is consistent with the federal No Child Left Behind Act requirements for accountability.