The following was among items discussed at Monday's meeting of the Montgomery County Board of Education. For more information, call 279-3617.
MINORITY STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT -- Despite continued gains on standardized tests by low-scoring black and Hispanic students in the county, minority students with average scores have not substantially improved their performance in the past three years, according to a report presented to the board.
The annual report shows the percentage of black and Hispanic students who, over time, improve their scores on the California Achievement Tests and on competency tests required for graduation. The California Achievement Test, which measures the math and reading skills of students in the third, fifth, eighth and 11th grades, will no longer be used beginning this school year. It will be replaced by another standardized test.
The report shows mixed levels of success, with the school system meeting some of its goals in minority achievement and falling short in others. For example, more than 50 percent of blacks and Hispanics who scored in the low range on the California Achievement Test when they were third graders raised their scores to the middle range when they took the test as fifth graders. But only about 15 percent of black and Hispanic students who scored in the middle range on the test subsequently upgraded their scores.
The report also shows that of all black students who have been in the county system for at least two years, more than 90 percent passed the four required competency tests, which evaluate reading, math, writing and citizenship. In comparison, 90 percent of Hispanics who have been in the county schools for at least two years passed three of the tests.