2011 Test Scores: How Did Your Kid's School Do?

The Department of Education released its 2011 California Standards Tests (CSTs) scores on Aug. 15. The results are here.

The California Standards Tests (CSTs) test scores released by the state on Monday show that students at the as a whole did not improve their English and Language Arts scores from 2010, but did improve on 2010 Math scores by one percentage point.

A report showing performance at each PUSD school, including overall proficiency and one-year and five-year performance changes, can be viewed at right.

Though the district only showed minimal improvement from 2010 to 2011, district officials touted a five-year-improvement in math of 10 percentage points and 11 percentage points in English.

Officials also pointed out an eight point English and seven point Math improvement at John Muir High School over five years as proof that the school is showing significant progress.

For Altadena schools, the results were mixed, with big gains for in both categories, and a large overall math score increase for most Altadena schools.  English results were not as good, with no school beating the district average for percent of students proficient or above proficient in English scores.

Below are a list of some of the top perfomers district-wide and how they compare to the top performers in Altadena.  The full results can be viewed at right.


Here are the top schools from 2010 to 2011, in English.  The district average was 50 percent, meaning no Altadena school beat the average district performance.

PUSD Schools Percent At or Above Proficient
Altadena Schools Percent At or Above Proficient Sierra Madre Elementary 79 48 Don Benito Fundamental 75
46 Roosevelt 69 40 Hamilton 68 40 Norma Coombs 67 36

Here are the most improved schools from 2010 to 2011, in English.  For Altadena schools, only Altadena and Loma Alta elementary schools showed improvement - all others either dropped or stayed even from last year.  The district as a whole matched its 2010 performance in 2011, neither improving nor taking a step backwards.

PUSD School Percent Points Improvement, One-Year
Altadena Schools Percent Points Improvement, One-Year Roosevelt 14 Altadena Elementary 5 Washington Middle 8 Loma Alta 5 Willard 6

Marshall Fundamental 6

Altadena Elementary 5

This table shows the improvment of English test scores over five years. The average district school improved by 11 percentage points over that time. Altadena Elementary and Eliot were the two schools to beat the average, and they did it handily.

PUSD Schools Percent Points Improvement, 5-Year Altadena Schools Percent Points Improvement, 5-Year Roosevelt 42 Altadena Elementary 22 Altadena Elementary 22 Eliot 19 Webster 20 6 Eliot 19 Franklin 5 Field 17 Burbank 4


For the math side of the tests, all five Altadena elementary schools surpassed the average district score of 46 percent of students at or above proficiency level. 

PUSD Schools
Percent At or Above Proficient Altadena Schools Percent At or Above Proficient Sierra Madre 83 Altadena 70 Don Benito 80 Burbank 61 Hamilton 80 Franklin 57 Roosevelt 78 Loma Alta 51 Webster 78 Jackson 50

Altadena schools really dominated in improving math scores from 2010 to 2011 as four of the top five improving schools were in Altadena.  The district as a whole improved by one percentage point from last year.

PUSD Schools Percent Points Improvement, One-Year Altadena Schools Percent Points Improvement, One-Year Loma Alta 16 Loma Alta 16 Altadena 15 Altadena 15 Field 8 Eliot 8 Eliot 8 Burbank 7 Burbank 7 Jackson 1

Over the last five years, Altadena and Loma Alta elementary schools both surpassed the 10 percentage point improvement that the district as a whole has seen.

PUSD Schools Percentage Points Improvement, Five-Year Altadena Schools Percentage Points Improvement, Five-Year Altadena Elementary 35 Altadena Elementary 35 Roosevelt 25 Loma Alta 13 Webster 23 Burbank 9 Blair 19 Eliot 6 Longfellow 18 Jackson 4

Charter School Reports:

Odyssey Charter School

Aveson Charter School

Pasadena Rosebud Academy

navigio August 22, 2011 at 08:04 PM
btw, rereading that first sentence and it sounds pretty rude. that was not my intent. it is very easy for parents to fret about decisions they make for their children. and its very easy for fear to crop up in that context. imho, fear is never a good basis for decision-making. its great for reactionary behavior, but not so great for real decision-making. Thats not to say that a real, thought-out decision cant come to the same conclusion (in fact, I expect @tf is already typing out a response to my previous post much along those lines.. ;-) ), but its not a given. One of the ironies with the reform movements is there is this assumption that everything is broken, but the assumption is, generally speaking, not based on assessment of the actual system, rather on either anecdotal experience or on arguments that seem to sound good and make sense but are not necessarily based in reality. We forget that the current system exists as a process of many, many, many years of dynamics. To render it asunder and assume we can simply replace it with something that works in a matter of weeks or months seems surprising. Sometimes I wonder whether we as a country need to have a discussion about the concept of equal protection as it applies to education. Obviously that was not always a given, and was only changed by court decisions. But privatizing education is essentially a way around that and, I believe, part of an admission that unequal access is fine.
Lisa Maiorana August 22, 2011 at 09:58 PM
@ Navagio, funny how I also pay taxes for the PUBLIC schools as well as tuition for my daughter for private school so I'd be careful when you say I'm not paying for the public school children as well. If the public schools decide to squander their money then so be it, but I still pay my taxes every year. Unfortunately, I don't have the means to start my own school to help all the children of the world, if I did, I certainly would ;)
navigio August 22, 2011 at 10:20 PM
Hi Lisa, actually I was saying the opposite. Sorry if I was not clear enough. The affluent absolutely pay for public education, and In fact, its probably quite likely that public schools are funded primarily by the affluent (they generally pay the most in absolute taxes of course, income, real estate and otherwise), however, since they are the ones who are least likely to attend public schools there is an incentive for them to minimize that burden. I've always found that kind of ironic but thats what happens in a society with high income disparity. It seems natural they'd find it unfair and in fact it is my belief that is why some push vouchers because it essentially does away with that 'unfairness' by 'subsidizing away' the tax burden for those already in private school, at least partially. btw, allow me to suggest that it might not be the public schools that are squandering away the money. we have a law in this state that allows public employees to join unions. that costs money. we have laws in this state that require equal access to education, REGARDLESS of your mental or language or residence status. that costs money. We have laws in this country that require accountabilty and data reporting to the umpteenth degree. Of course thats because we want to make sure we're using public money effectively, but that all costs a LOT of money. All of these things can be undone by the voting public. The question is of course whether we'd really be willing to do that.. :-)
Leslie Aitken August 22, 2011 at 10:52 PM
This certainly has been a busy thread! I just got done registering my daughter at a public high school. I can't afford private and the charter school she was in wasn't offering enough options. So here we go again! Her counselor was young, friendly, and enthusiastic and did a great job getting her signed up. The issue at hand isn't really testing or test scores. A lot of it is that CA has so lost its way that most don't realize HOW sad the educational options offered really are. After my daughter got her English, math, science and language, we looked for electives. We couldn't find any academic electives: No psychology, sociology, marine biology, English Literature, Creative Writing, let alone Shakespeare!! That is a huge difference between what we have here and what IS available in Ohio. I don't blame any one school, it is the state of education in our State. My folks live in a house valued 1/4 of mine and pay 3 times the property tax. Therein lies the problem. We have Prop 13, Ohio and many other states have schools with 10 times the options and educational opportunities -- Marine Biology being one that my nephew took last year (which included a spring break trip to the Bahamas). We in CA -- our more accurately our children -- get what we pay for....or not. Kinda short sighted Mr. Jarvis!
navigio August 22, 2011 at 11:42 PM
well, you know i share your frustration leslie... not that that helps any.. :-P Do you know whether these electives were cut recently or whether they havent existed for a while? I know some elective teachers were cut as a result of budget cuts.. not sure the impact of that on the courses offered.


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