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By Phillip Reese
preese@sacbee.com

After years of steady increases, student test scores slipped slightly across California last year, a shift that education leaders blamed on budget cuts and changing curriculum standards.

About 51.2 percent of students performed at the proficient level or better on STAR math tests last year, down from 51.5 percent the prior year. Proficiency levels on language arts tests fell from 57.2 percent to 56.4 percent.

Previously, math test scores had increased for five straight years and language arts scores had increased for eight straight years.

State leaders tried to put a positive spin on the numbers, noting that far more students test proficient today than a decade ago.

"The big picture is one of remarkable resilience despite the challenges," state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said in a release.

--In El Dorado County, the proportion of students testing proficient on language arts STAR tests fell by 2.2 percentage points; the proportion testing proficient on math tests fell by 1.5 points.

--In Placer County, the proficiency rate on language arts STAR tests fell by 2.2 percentage points the proficiency rate on math tests fell by 0.3 points.

--In Sacramento County, the proficiency rate on language arts STAR tests fell by 2 percentage points; the proficiency rate on math tests fell by 1.4 points.

--In Yolo County, the proficiency rate on language arts STAR tests fell by 0.3 percentage points; the proficiency rate on math tests fell by 0.1 points.

Twelve of the 15 largest districts in the region watched as language arts test scores decline. Roseville City saw the proportion of students testing proficient or better drop by 3.7 percentage points, the largest decline in the region. San Juan, Sacramento City and Western Placer also saw drops of 2 percentage points or higher.

Twelve of the 15 largest districts in the region also saw math test scores decline. Western Placer's proficiency rate fell by 4.6 percentage points, the largest decline in the region. El Dorado Union and San Juan also saw drops of 3 percentage points or higher.

Editors note: Updated local test scores at 1:26 p.m.



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