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2008 Tuolumne County Profile – Education Test Scores (Part 11)

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Sonora, CA — Following is the 11th installment of our review of the 2008 Tuolumne County Profile – Community Indicators Project as published by the Sonora Area Foundation.

Quality Of Basic Education Test Scores

Why is this important?

Educational performance affects the potential for economic success, health and safety of our community. Comparing the progress of our schools and students to other parts of the state helps to keep our local schools competitive and responsive to our students and the community.

What is the measure?

The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) is a requirement for receiving a high school diploma. The English section requires a score of 60% to pass; the mathematics requires a score of 55% to pass.

The Academic Progress Index (API) scores compare how well students in grades 2 through 12 in our schools are doing compared to other schools in the state. API scores range from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000. California set a performance target of 800 for all schools. The state minimum requirement is 594.

How are we doing?

The percentage of tenth grade students in Tuolumne County passing the math portion of the CAHSEE exam increased from 2005; the percentage of tenth grade students passing the English portion of the exam decreased slightly from 2005. A higher percentage of Tuolumne County tenth grade students passed both sections of the exam than students in nearby foothill counties, or the state.

In 2007, five of the sixteen schools in Tuolumne County with API scores, exceeded the target of 800, and all but one scored better than the minimum of 594.

Click Community Indicators Project for a complete review of the 2008 Tuolumne County Profile.

Written by Bill Johnson