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Principals got a sneak peek on Tuesday at some more data on the triumphs and stumbles of San Diego Unified schools on all those standardized tests, as well as some other measures of school success. Here are some highlights and low points from the report:
- Roughly 1,000 more Advanced Placement exams were taken by students this year than last year, including hundreds more taken by African American and Latino students, who are often underrepresented in the tough classes.
- Math scores in high school improved, but are still pretty scary. Check out page 15 of that presentation. Only 15 percent of high school juniors met the state standards in math. That’s a steep drop from 4th grade when 68 percent of them meet that standard, and even from 8th grade when 36 percent of students are proficient.
- Fewer kids were expelled this year than last: 280 expulsions this year versus 381 last year. That’s a 27 percent drop.
- Two achievement gaps have widened in both English and math: The gap between students who do and don’t qualify for free and reduced price lunches and the gap between students with disabilities and students without.