Friday, August 09, 2013

California Physics: Gem of the state-mandated science tests

The data is in for what appears to be the last round of end-of-course content standards tests.

And in science, Physics finishes on top!

Here are the 2013 Advanced and Proficient percentages:
Biology: 49%
Chemistry: 40%
Earth Science: 37%
Physics: 53%

While CSTs were first administered in 2001, the California Department of Education uses 2003 for its baseline data.

Here are the 2003 numbers for comparison:
Biology: 37%
Chemistry: 31%
Earth Science: 21%
Physics: 29%

Here are the year-by-year numbers with trendlines.

While the other science CSTs were going down, Physics managed to go up!

The award for highest proficiency rate goes to... Physics with 53% in 2013.

The award for most-improved goes to... Physics for posting a 24-point improvement from 2003 to 2013.

Are there other ways to analyze the data? Yes. Even to the point that Physics isn't the science winner? Yes. Am I going to elaborate on those? No.

Congratulations California public school physics teachers: you are—objectively—the best!

To access your school's 2013 STAR results, start at the 2013 STAR Test Results page. From there, select your county, district, and school. Then click the "View Report" button.

To see district, county, or state results, simply leave deeper fields unspecified.

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