Data junkies: New test scores are out today. The numbers are derived from a battery of tests last spring and are used to rank schools against each other and against similar schools. These scores are also used as the baseline for test results released later this year that will show whether the scores of individual schools got better, stagnated or fell. California has set a goal of getting schools’ scores to 800 out of a possible 1,000. You can check out the results for San Diego Unified, individual schools and other school districts here.

I haven’t had a chance to crunch the numbers, but San Diego Unified just sent out a press release that says that the percentage of its schools hitting the 800 mark or higher doubled from 15 percent to 31 percent between 2003 and 2008. Feel free to send me any interesting trends or quirks in the data you notice at


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