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Students improving in all areas, state scores show

California students continued to make steady gains in English/language arts, math, science and social science, said Jack O'Connell, state superintendent of public instruction in reference to this morning's release of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program.

"California public school students are continuing to make solid, steady progress learning the skills and concepts necessary for success in school and in life," he said.

Northern San Joaquin Valley school districts, as a whole, reflect the state's trends. Most show steady gains, with a significant gap between white and minority students.

The results can be seen at

O'Connell said that since 2003, 532,494 more California students have become proficient in English-language arts than in 2003; and 415,129 more students have become proficient in math.

"While we still have a lot of work to do to reach our goal of universal proficiency, this year's gains are particularly encouraging considering they build upon five years of steady growth," he said.

The results also show significant increases in science and social science.

"California has some of the highest standards in the nation, and I am exceptionally proud of the hard work and dedication of our students, teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, and parents that have led to this achievement," he said.