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SEATTLE SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE 1991 COMPREHENSIVE TEST SCORES

 SEATTLE SCHOOLS ANNOUNCE 1991 COMPREHENSIVE TEST SCORES
 SEATTLE, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Seattle Schools today released results of the 1991 Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills (CTBS/4) scores in reading, mathematics and language arts. These tests are required by the state and given statewide. They replace the Metropolitan Achievement Test (MAT) previously administered at the fourth and eighth grades. In comparison to the national average, which is 50, this year's results are as follows: at the fourth' grade, percentiles for reading, language and mathematics tests were 55, 51 and 50, respectively; at the eighth grade, 54, 52 and 53.
 The scores, which are slightly above the national average, are somewhat higher than those earned in recent years by Seattle students on MAT. Statistically speaking, however, comparisons between the two different testing systems are not considered valid.
 Individual ethnic groups continue to show substantial differences in the test results. On the eight grade reading test, for example, scores range from 32 for African American students to 73 for White students. (In last year's MAT results, the exact same variation occurred.)
 For purposes of evaluating year-to-year changes, results from the statewide assessment are of little value because different students are assessed each year. Of far greater value is the district's own assessment, which uses the California Achievement Tests (CAT) and is administered to all students in the spring. It permits analysts to follow the same students over time. CAT results, for instance, allow educator to measure the impact of programs designed to close the gaps among ethnic groups and produce overall improvements.
 Robert Vaughan, the district's testing coordinator, viewed the results of the CTBS/4 tests as an indication that big city schools have their work cut out for them, but pointed to the results of last year's California Achievement Tests as a more important aid in assessing school district progress.
 "Our spring district-wide (CAT) test is a more useful assessment tool for appraising the results of new education initiatives. From the spring 1991 results, for instance, we are beginning to see evidence that some of our early childhood education model programs are making progress in reducing the disparities among ethnic groups," Vaughan said.
 SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
 National Percentile Rank of the Mean NCE on


Selected Subtests of the Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills (CTBS/4)
 Administered to Grades 4 and 8 in October 1991(A)
 Fourth Grade
Group Count Reading Language Math Battery Science Soc. Study
DISTRICT 3,210 55 51 50 53 52 54
 A.Indian 92 46 40 39 40 43 49
 Asian 671 45 48 52 48 42 46
 Black 736 34 30 27 30 28 31
 Latino 140 44 41 35 39 42 45
 White 1,397 71 66 66 70 71 71
 Eighth Grade
DISTRICT 2,163 54 52 53 55 46 55
 A.Indian 59 41 31 32 34 36 42
 Asian 522 46 53 60 55 42 54
 Black 469 32 31 28 30 24 33
 Latino 100 47 48 48 51 36 50
 White 867 73 65 68 71 66 71


(A) The National Percentile Rank of the Mean NCE (Normal Curve Equivalent) is a statistic used to compare the average performance of students locally to students in the national comparison group (the norm group). Scores above and below 50 signify performance above and below the average performance of students in the national comparison group.
 The Comprehensive Tests of Basic Skills/4 provides a general survey of students' academic skills in comparison to a national sample of students identified and tested by the publisher of CTBS/4 in 1988. The CTBS/4 was administered to all students in Washington in October 1991.
 Most subtest categories are obvious. Battery refers to a composite of results from reading, language arts and mathematics.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: For CAT results, request Appendix A from "Preliminary Evaluation of Office of Academic Achievement's Programs," Report No. 91-4, July 1991.
 /CONTACT: Robert Vaughan, 206-298-7130, or Susan Byers, 206-298-7199, both of the Seattle Public Schools/ CO: Seattle Public Schools ST: Washington IN: SU:


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