Ramona’s English learners score better than state, county averages
Ramona Unified School District
Students in San Diego County who are classified as English learners performed slightly better than the state average in standardized tests to determine fluency, the California Department of Education announced. In Ramona, the results were even better.
“Compared to the state and San Diego County, Ramona Unified once again had a higher percentage of students scoring Advanced and Early Advanced,” said Dr. Cathy Pierce, assistant superintendent of education services for the Ramona school district.
The 794 Ramona kindergartners through 12th-graders taking the annual California English Language Development Test this year surpassed the county and state by 5 percent and 6 percent, respectively, she said. (See chart).
Of the nearly 101,000 students in the San Diego region to take the CELDT this school year, 10 percent scored in the Advanced category and another 33 percent scored in the Early Advanced category, according to the state. Statewide, 9 percent scored in the advanced category and 33 percent in the early advanced slot. In Ramona, those percentages were, respectively, 15 and 38.
Increases in the top two bands decreases the percentage of students scoring in the lower three bands, noted Pierce.
“In essence, students in Ramona Unified are learning to speak English quicker and with more depth and understanding than they did last year,” she said. She credited the improvements to strategic efforts and purposeful instructional experiences teachers provide for our students. Principals have been instrumental in leading these efforts, and parents have provided the needed support. It takes a community, and once again our community is enjoying another academic success.”
“We want every English learner to become proficient while making progress in all academic subjects,” said Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public instruction. “These results show our students are making important strides toward English language fluency, which will help them tremendously as they work toward their educational goals.”
The state goal is for students to be Advanced or Early Advanced overall, with no less than an intermediate score in one of the individual testing areas —listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
The test is one of the state’s four criteria to determine fluency.
- County’s English learners do slightly better than state average
- Ramona students score higher for ninth straight year
- Test results show steady progress, state reports
- Ramona scores high in graduation rates
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