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Students increase test proficiency

By Jill Ballinger GAZETTE EDITOR

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Hocus Pocus. I remember

Hocus Pocus. I remember looking up the STAR testing results when the county first proposed closing Cathys Valley Elementary School and not being that impressed so I decided to revisit the official California Department of Educations STAR testing results web page for 2011. Comparing third grade test results, since that is the only grade that our smaller Cathys Valley school had enough student to report the results, showed Cathys Valley students fairing at proficient or advanced were 63% for English and an impressive 92% for math. In comarison the underperforming MES where our children will be lumped with for testing next year had only 36% for English and only 38% for math. What a loss for the residents of Cathys Valley and their children. Comparing the same third grade results county wide showed 44% proficiency for English and 62% for math compared with state wide numbers of 46% and 68% which puts Mariposa below the state averages in that grade at least. Maybe when they move up to more advanced grades the education gets better but wouldn't they shine if they could get a better start and still get a better aducation in the higher grade levels too?

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