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An interesting tidbit from the California standardized test scores released today: Scores rose in many grades at King/Chavez Arts Academy this year, the Barrio Logan charter school that fired most of its teachers this summer after tests had been taken.

The firings seem to have been motivated by academic performance: King/Chavez CEO Tim Wolf said that while he could not comment on “personnel issues specifically,” the school had not been achieving on par with the academic standards.

Wolf had also indicated that the school’s progress in past years was insufficient.

Scores on a science test taken only by fifth graders dropped, as did third grade math and fifth grade reading scores. Yet the Arts Academy saw gains in its average scores on California math tests for third and fourth graders, and gains in English for fourth and fifth graders. All of its average scores were lower than the San Diego Unified average.

EMILY ALPERT

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