BHS STAR Test results


I am a parent of a sophomore at Berkeley High School, and I teach the AP Computer Science class at the school. I recently analyzed the spring 1999 Berkeley High School STAR test results for three ethnic groups, and I thought many of you might be interested in the results.

In reading, 27% of BHS African American students scored at or above the national average. Results for other local schools, school districts, Alameda county, and the state were as follows:

  • 31% James Logan High School
  • 27% Berkeley High School
  • 22% Alameda City Unified
  • 20% San Francisco Unified
  • 20% Mt. Diablo Unified
  • 19% State of California
  • 18% Alameda County
  • 17% El Cerrito High School
  • 14% Oakland Unified

In math, 43% of BHS African American students scored at or above the national average. Results for other local schools, school districts, Alameda county, and the state were as follows:

  • 43% Berkeley High School
  • 37% James Logan High School
  • 31% Mt. Diablo Unified
  • 27% Alameda City Unified
  • 26% San Francisco Unified
  • 25% Alameda County
  • 24% El Cerrito High School
  • 24% State of California
  • 19% Oakland Unified

In reading, 32% of BHS Hispanic Latino students scored at or above the national average. Results for other local schools, school districts, Alameda county, and the state were as follows:

  • 32% Berkeley High School
  • 27% James Logan High School
  • 24% San Francisco Unified
  • 23% Alameda City Unified
  • 21% Alameda County
  • 21% Mt. Diablo Unified
  • 16% State of California
  • 14% Oakland Unified

In math, 50% of BHS Hispanic Latino students scored at or above the national average. Results for other local schools, school districts, Alameda county, and the state were as follows:

  • 50% Berkeley High School
  • 40% James Logan High School
  • 37% Mt. Diablo Unified
  • 34% San Francisco Unified
  • 33% Alameda County
  • 31% Alameda City Unified
  • 27% State of California
  • 25% Oakland Unified

In reading, 87% of BHS White students scored at or above the national average. Results for other local schools, school districts, Alameda county, and the state were as follows:

  • 88% Piedmont City Unified
  • 87% Berkeley High School
  • 79% Albany City Unified
  • 78% Acalanes Unified
  • 71% San Ramon Valley Unified
  • 65% San Francisco Unified
  • 60% Oakland Unified
  • 59% El Cerrito High School
  • 58% Alameda County
  • 53% Mt. Diablo Unified
  • 53% Alameda City Unified
  • 52% State of California
  • 48% James Logan High School

In math, 91% of BHS White students scored at or above the national average. Results for other local schools, school districts, Alameda county, and the state were as follows:

  • 91% Berkeley High School
  • 91% Piedmont City Unified
  • 87% Albany City Unified
  • 83% Acalanes Unified
  • 82% San Ramon Valley Unified
  • 73% San Francisco Unified
  • 67% Alameda County
  • 65% Mt. Diablo Unified
  • 64% Oakland Unified
  • 64% El Cerrito High School
  • 61% James Logan High School
  • 61% State of California
  • 60% Alameda City Unified

The above figures were based on averaging the "% Scoring At or Above 50th NPR (National Percentile Rank)" for grades 9, 10, and 11 (ex, 49% for 9th grade, 47% for 10th grade, and 54% for 11th grade averaged to 50%). All of this data is publicly available on the California Department of Education's web site at "http://207.87.22.181/STAR".

These spring 1999 Berkeley High School STAR test results are encouraging. Our results were among the best for every ethnic group. This level of performance reflects the commitment and hard work of teachers, administrators, students, and parents. Hopefully, these results will help inspire us to find better ways to work together to significantly reduce the number of students scoring below average and to assure all students are challenged.

Peter