Juneau students' pass rate on state exam holds steady

Posted: Friday, June 13, 2003

Most Juneau students passed the state exams they took in the spring, and at about the same rate as local students did the previous year, school district officials said.

Students first take the high school exit exam, composed of tests in reading, writing and math, in their sophomore year. This year's sophomores at Juneau-Douglas High School passed the exam at rates of 74 percent for reading, 89 percent for writing, and 71 percent for math, the school district said.

That's very similar to last year's results for local sophomores, who are the first class to have to pass the test to receive a high school diploma. The first time they took the test, they passed it at rates of 72 percent for reading, 86 percent for writing, and 71 percent for math.

The school district didn't have information on the scores of juniors or seniors who retook tests this spring that they hadn't passed in their sophomore year.

Students in grades three, six and eight also take state tests, called benchmarks, in reading, writing and math. Students are rated as advanced, proficient, below proficient and not proficient.

• In the third-grade reading test, 21 percent of Juneau students were advanced, 57 percent were proficient, 14 percent were below proficient, and 8 percent were not proficient.

• In the third-grade writing test, 8 percent were advanced, 51 percent were proficient, 36 percent were below proficient, and 5 percent were not proficient.

• In the third-grade math test, 40 percent were advanced, 42 percent were proficient, 13 percent were below proficient, and 4 percent were not proficient.

• In the sixth-grade reading test, 48 percent were advanced, 27 percent were proficient, 18 percent were below proficient, and 7 percent were not proficient.

• In the sixth-grade writing test, 26 percent were advanced, 51 percent were proficient, 20 percent were below proficient, and 3 percent were not proficient.

• In the sixth-grade math test, 37 percent were advanced, 34 percent were proficient, 13 percent were below proficient, and 16 percent were not proficient.

• In the eighth-grade reading test, 72 percent were advanced, 16 percent were proficient, 6 percent were below proficient, and 6 percent were not proficient.

• In the eighth-grade writing test, 27 percent were advanced, 45 percent were proficient, 26 percent were below proficient, and 2 percent were not proficient.

• In the eighth-grade math test, 18 percent were advanced, 36 percent were proficient, 35 percent were below proficient, and 11 percent were not proficient.

The state Board of Education is expected to approve new passing scores for the eighth-grade tests soon. Under those proposed "cut scores," Juneau students would have fewer eighth-graders proficient in reading, and many more students proficient in math, said Stephanie Hoag, the school district's curriculum coordinator.



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