Del Mar school district fifth-graders score high in science

According to the results from spring’s CAASPP science test, Del Mar Union School District fifth grade students are 94 percent proficient and advanced in science.

Shelley Petersen, assistant superintendent of instructional services, said the results are an “outstanding example of success,” especially when compared with county levels of 67 percent proficient and advanced, and statewide levels of 60 percent.

From 2012 to 2014, the district’s scores have increased by 2 percent.

Petersen said that the scores reflect how forward-thinking their science specialists are in doing work with next-generation science standards. She said students are getting great hands-on experience and benefiting from collaboration between science specialists and classroom teachers.

The CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) is replacing the STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) tests for assessment. The first results from the assessments in English language arts and math will be available in spring or summer 2015.