More San Diego Unified schools met state goals on tests in 2008 than five years earlier — but more scored low on the tests, too. Data up for review by the school board today, gathered from scores released earlier this spring, suggest a growing gap between schools in the sprawling district between 2003 and 2008.

“I couldn’t say I’m proud of the scores in this district,” school board member John de Beck said of the report. “The gap is widening.”

These scores, calculated based on tests taken during the 2007-2008 school year, are used as a baseline to set targets for academic growth each year under No Child Left Behind. The numbers do not indicate how children did on tests during the school year that just ended: New test scores will be released later this year to show whether schools advanced. The school board is scheduled to discuss the report tonight.

EMILY ALPERT

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