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STAR Results Make Walnut Creek Students Stars

Update: Walnut Creek results run 20 points and more ahead of state averages in results released Friday.

Update, Sept. 1, added results for four more schools.

Students in Walnut Creek were running 20 points and more ahead of state averages in a wide variety of subjects quantified in STAR test results the state made public Friday.

Overall, California students saw their results increase for the ninth straight year, according to the state's news release. An estimated 4.7 million students participated in the 2012 STAR program. STAR is Standardized Testing and Reporting.

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said it was remarkable that students continue to make gains even as schools and their staff make do with deep budget cuts of recent years.

Statewide, 57 percent of students scored proficient or above in English Language Arts and 51 percent in math.

At Bancroft Elementary in the Mount Diablo Unified School District:

  • 78 percent of the second-graders scored proficient and above in English Language Arts, and 81 percent in math.
  • 68 percent of the third-graders scored proficient and above in ELA, and 87 percent in math.
  • 89 percent of fourth-graders scored proficient and above in ELA, and 95 percent in math.
  • 76 percent of fifth-graders scored proficient and above in ELA, and 75 percent in math.

See the full Bancroft Elementary results here.

At Valle Verde Elementary in MSUSD:

  • 86 percent of the second-graders scored proficient and above in ELA, and 86 percent in math.
  • 86 percent of the third-graders scored proficient and above in ELA, and 96 percent in math.
  • 95 percent of fourth-graders scored proficient and above in ELA, and 92 percent in math.
  • 87 percent of fifth-graders scored proficient and above in ELA, and 87 percent in math.

See the full Valle Verde results here.

At Walnut Acres Elementary in MDUSD,

  • 87 percent of second-graders scored proficient and above in ELA, and 84 percent in math.
  • 73 percent of third-graders scored proficient and above in ELA, and 93 percent in math.
  • 94 percent of fourth-graders scored proficient and above in ELA, and 96 percent in math.
  • 87 percent of fifth-graders scored proficient and above in ELA, and 85 percent in math.

See the full Walnut Acres results here.

At Foothill Middle School in the MDUSD,

  • 84 percent of sixth-graders scored proficient and above in ELA, and 79 percent in math.
  • 80 percent of seventh-graders scored proficient and above in ELA, and 79 percent in math.

See complete Foothill Middle School results here.


In the Walnut Creek School District, here are individual grade averages:

  • Second-graders: 76 percent were proficient and above in ELA and 82 percent in math.
  • Third-graders: 73 percent were proficient and above in ELA and 86 percent in math.
  • Fourth-graders: 90 percent were proficient and above in ELA and 88 percent in math.
  • Fifth-graders: 88 percent were proficient and above in ELA and 87 percent in math.
  • Sixth-graders: 85 percent were proficient and above in ELA and 75 percent in math.
  • Seventh-graders: 87 percent were proficient and above in ELA and 77 percent in math.

Walnut Creek School District breakdowns by grade of those tests plus science in grades 5, 8 and 10, eighth-grade history and eighth-grade Algebra I are here.

At Las Lomas High in the Acalanes Union High School District, the ninth-graders were 87 percent proficient and above in ELA; the 10th-graders were 82 percent; and the 11th graders 76 percent. Las Lomas breakdowns for algebra, geometry, history, life science, biology, chemistry and physics are here.

At Northgate High in the Mount Diablo Unified School District, the ninth-graders were 84 percent proficient and above in ELA; the 10th-graders were 73 percent; and the 11th-graders were 76 percent. Northgate High breakdowns for algebra, geometry, history, life science, biology, chemistry and physics are here.

For Walnut Creek students, compare these numbers to last year's totals in last year's Walnut Creek Patch STAR story.

consider both sides September 04, 2012 at 02:04 AM
One more time, when I bought my house I paid about 20% more to purchase in the WCSD/Acalanes district. Honestly, we are one community....to the kids it doesn't matter if you go to Walnut Acres or Walnut Heights they all play on the same soccer teams etc. To me, having paid more for my home specifically for the school district and having paid and supported a parcel tax to keep our district strong, it doesn't seem fair that by including Northgate in the WCSD that my property value would be adversely effected due to more homes in the district to meet demand. It isn't as simple as you think. Many cities are serviced by multiple districts, Walnut Creek isn't unique. People buy homes based upon the things that are important to them, including school district hence property values vary.
michael frederick September 04, 2012 at 07:50 PM
consider both sides, That's the point -- there should only be one side. You spent 20% more??? Test scores at Northgate and its feeder schools are very competitive. What's impressive is that this gets accomplished DESPITE being in the MDUSD... I don't view the inclusion of such motivated people as a negative. I'd expect them to flourish in WCPD and participate even more, as that participation would be less diluted through share the wealth captivity. Doubling the bureaucracy and marrying two dissimilar ones is an issue. My main concern, however, revolves around promoting increased indiscriminate redevelopment in WCSD backyards to fund YV education. There's a huge disconnect here between redevelopment fruit and pain that actually encourages division. I support unification. However, this only happens if people are sincere in promoting it and education is not an example of cherry-picking, to be segregated as you do in your argument. It has to be accompanied by political reform -- specifically, visions from downtown that relate to the people of WC generally, not just the handful who profit by building the snot out of it. I finally did write to Kristina Lawson to describe the historical divisions within this community that persist. Basically, Isabelle Spencer's NATURE perspective that covers 1850-1950 and Rovanpera's CIVIL ENGINEERING celebration of 1950-present. We need to get back to honest 1850-present visions that focus on PEOPLE.
michael frederick September 04, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Mom 2 Boys, I hope you enjoy a little history. I'll forego the Lafayette and Pleasant Hill bounded stuff except to say that I believe you are correct. A significant portion of this was my great-great grandfather's ranch and I believe his sister, Luisa, was one of PH's first school teachers in the 1860s. The stuff at the end of Rudgear is even more fun. This was my great-uncle's cattle ranch. These subdivisions were formed and became a part of WC ~1972. The street names inside WC that attend Alamo Elementary have names like "Appaloosa" -- he had 18 of them, exclusively, in 1972 ... There is no "Quarter Horse Lane" or "Pinto Pony Court" to suggest otherwise.
Mom 2 Boys September 05, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Thank you, One more Time. Yes, I realized later the fire dept is it's own district. I am a huge fan of the Walnut Creek PD! I was very amused by the post that mentions paying an extra 20% to buy a home in the WC school dist--we already paid 3/4 of a million dollars for Northgate. We realized long ago this town has little interest in investing in one school district, but would much rather squeeze MORE shopping venues into any available lot. We don't need more schools, we need more stores! LOL! I love our Northgate neighborhood, our schools and our easy access to services. So glad to be far from the maddening crowd downtown. Remember what our NGHS principal says in every phone message he sends out, "It's a great day to be a Bronco!"
Mom 2 Boys September 05, 2012 at 08:25 PM
I always enjoy your posts, Michael...ESP the history lessons! Keep 'Em coming!

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