ERIC Number: ED190653
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Student Achievement in California Schools: 1978-79 Annual Report.
Law, Alexander I
During the 1978-79 school year, all third grade pupils in California public schools were tested in reading achievement. Tests of reading, written expression, spelling, and mathematics were administered to all sixth and twelfth graders. Various subtests of the Survey of Basic Skills, which was developed specifically for the California Assessment Program, were used. Results generally indicated improving scores for third and sixth graders, as compared to previous years' test results. Twelfth graders' test scores declined in reading, remained the same in spelling, and improved in writing and mathematics. Several other conclusions were made: (1) females scored higher than males in reading, while males scored higher in mathematics; (2) students who speak English fluently, as well as either Chinese or Japanese, scored highest, followed by those who speak English only; (3) scores were directly related to parents' occupational and educational level, but socioeconomic differences decreased; (4) pupil mobility increased and although the less mobile students scored higher than the more mobile students, this difference became smaller; (5) nearly 60% of the seniors had taken four years of English instruction; and (6) greater exposure to English instruction and essay-writing experience was associated with higher writing scores. (Author/GDC) Aspect of National Assessment (NAEP) dealt with in this document: Results (Utilization).
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Annual Reports, Basic Skills, Educational Assessment, Educational Trends, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary Secondary Education, Grade 12, Grade 3, Grade 6, Reading Achievement, Scores, Secondary School Mathematics, Spelling, State Norms, State Programs, Student Characteristics, Testing Programs, Writing Skills
Publications Sales, California State Department of Education, P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA 95802 ($1.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento. Office of Program Evaluation and Research.
Identifiers - Location: California
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Assessment of Educational Progress