DOWNTOWN — Students in Glendale and Burbank made historic gains in standardized test scores for 2009, according to data released Tuesday by the California Department of Education.
More students met the state’s proficiency marks than ever before for almost every testing category, according to the reports.
Some grade levels made striking double-digit gains in some areas, particularly in the fourth grade.
About 75% of Burbank Unified School District fourth-graders scored at or above the state’s proficiency rating for English and language arts, up from 66% in 2008 and 60% the year before. Glendale Unified School District fourth graders also jumped to 75% proficiency in the same category, up from 65% in 2008 and 2007.
Overall proficiency rates are up in all categories, as they should be, educators said, but the rate of improvement exhibited by local students is reinforcement that administrators are getting it right, they said.