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Test Data Show Students Holding Ground

Despite billions of dollars in education cuts in recent years, California’s public schools reported only minor test score declines in 2012-13 and continue to show significant gains over the last 10 years.

Dean E. Vogel, a counselor and president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, made these points in a news release distributed to the media on Thursday:

“Overall, students held their ground and these test scores once again indicate that students and educators accomplished much amid a steady storm of state budget cuts and increasing class sizes. A loss of more than $20 billion and the layoff of more than 30,000 educators are eventually going to take their toll. Some schools have lost entire support systems in that counselors are gone and libraries have closed. We have some of the largest class sizes in the nation and rank near the bottom in per-pupil funding.



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2011 STAR results show steady improvement statewide

California’s students continue to steadily improve their performance across the board, width a larger proportion than ever scoring proficient or higher on the 2011 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program exams in English–language arts, mathematics, science, and history–social science.

"The significant and sustained improvements we've seen for nine consecutive years prove how hard teachers, school employees, administrators, and parents are working to help students achieve despite budget cuts that have affected our schools," Schools chief Torlakson said. "Their heroic teamwork is paying off for California."

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