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California test scores: LA Unified, state schools gain in English, math*

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California education officials released standardized test scores Friday that showed overall statewide gains in English, math.

Schools statewide made overall gains on the annual standardized test results released Friday, doing more with less, as California has continued to slash education funding, forcing program cuts and thousands of teacher layoffs.

You can find out how your school district did on KPCC's interactive graphic map.

At the Los Angeles Unified School District, the state's largest district and the second-largest in the nation, student performance in English-Language Arts improved by 4 percentage points from last year, with 48 percent proficient or better. In math, that number went up 2 percentage points from last year to 45 percent.

Statewide, that trend was repeated with slightly smaller gains: Students taking the English-Language Arts test section improved 3 percentage points to 57 percent proficient or better. In math, that number grew by 1 percentage point to 51 percent.

"In less than a decade we've gone from having only about one student in three score as proficient or better to now having one student out of two,” said Paul Hefner, a spokesman for the California Department of Education. “That's nearly 900,000 more students reaching proficiency now than when we started this system back in 2003. Obviously, there's still work to do there, ... but a great deal of progress has been made.”

Scores ran the gamut in L.A County. (You can see the results on maps divided by district here.) La Canada Unified School District came in at the top with nearly 92 percent proficient or better in English-Language Arts and 87 percent in math. The district tied with San Marino Unified in math.

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California test scores: State to release results at 10 a.m.

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California education officials plan to release the annual standardized test scores at 10 a.m.

The California Department of Education plans to release its annual standardized test scores for school districts this morning.
 
The tests in English and math measure whether school districts meet state education standards. Students between the second and 11th grades take the exam.
 
California Department of Education spokesman Paul Hefner said the state aims for students to be at least proficient.
 
"They are our best benchmark that everyone or almost everyone in the school system up and down California participates in," Hefner said. "They’re our way to gauge what students know and can do over time."

The state's releasing this year's results a couple of weeks later than usual because of a security breach during testing. Students at a dozen schools, including some in LA County, posted questions online. The state Department of Education is investigating those results to make sure they’re valid.

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