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Ripon elementary schools all top 800
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RIPON - Ripon schools got a big “A” in the California State Standardized Testing (CST) results released this week.

In tabulation for all the state schools posted this week by the California Department of Education, Ripon’s five elementary campuses boasted scores from 805 to 870 across the board.

Ripon High School’s CST score was 789, up nine points from last year’s student testing results of 780.   The score averaged among all the Ripon schools was 823, up two points over last year.

Weston Elementary School increased their score over 2009 by 37 points, giving them a final reading of 864.  Park View Elementary rose from 871 during the last school year to 879 in 2010, according to the state report.

Ripona and Ripon elementary schools both dropped – 26 and 14 points respectively – but they remained over the magic 800 mark.  Ripona’s students scored 815 while Ripon Elementary had a final tally of 805.  Those two schools and Colony Oak Elementary did not meet their growth expectations in their student sub groups, according to the report.

Colony Oak dropped 12 points for the first time in its school-wide score from an impressive 882 last year to 870 for this fiscal year.

As for the different criteria targets set for the year, Park View and Weston schools are the only two to completely meet conventional targets that included English-Language Arts and Mathematics, the report indicated.

A sampling of the proficiencies revealed by students in the yearly testing throughout the district included English-Language Arts in the junior year of high school and mathematics in the seventh grade classes.

A total of 31 percent proved to be advanced in the English categories with 25 percent seen as proficient, 28 percent as basic and 17 percent below basic expectations.

The 200 students tested in the seventh grade classes in Ripon, 20 percent drew advanced scores, 42 percent proficient, 28 percent basic and 12 percent below the basic level.

High school algebra proficiencies saw 51 students that were tested showed 12 percent as advanced 31 percent as proficient and 39 percent at the lower basic level, the report revealed.    

In Manteca,  20 elementary schools scored above 738 and four out of five of the district’s high schools tested above scores of 703.  Manteca High School showed a 26-point improvement besting the district schools.  A total of nine Manteca schools met or exceeded their district-wide API growth target.