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HART HITTING ENGLISH GOALS TESTS SHOW STUDENTS NEW TO THE LANGUAGE FARE WELL.

Byline: Carol Rock Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA - Students in the Hart school district who are learning English as a second language have exceeded three goals set by the national No Child Left Behind Act in the first year of reporting.

Under a new accountability report, the results of which were released Tuesday by the California Department of Education, the district's English-language instruction programs were evaluated based on results of the California English Language Development Test.

The students' scores on the California Standards Test for junior high students and the California High School Exit Exam for high school students also were considered in light of Adequate Yearly Progress targets.

The districts in compliance with the goals qualify for supplemental Title III funding to implement programs to help English learners and immigrant students learn English to meet the state's academic standards.

In order to meet state objectives, 51 percent of English-language learners in a district must advance at least one level over their test results from the previous year. With 98 percent of the students participating, 74 percent of these students in the Hart district advanced at least one level during the 2003-04 school year.

The second objective requires at least 30 percent of English learners to score at the early advanced or advanced levels with no individual test result below intermediate. In the William S. Hart Union High School District, of the 403 students in the core group required to meet the objective, 46.7 percent scored early advanced or higher.

For the third objective, which measures Adequate Yearly Progress, at least 9.6 percent must score proficient in math and at least 11.2 percent proficient or higher in English. The district's students met AYP objectives for participation rate and percent proficient in both math and English.

``That's a complicated way of saying that our English-language development programs are doing a superior job of moving our non-English- speaking students toward proficiency,'' said Terry Deloria, director of special programs for the district. ``Our (English-language learning) teachers and our principals are to be commended for their commitment to improve our programs.''

Statewide, 81 percent of the Title III agencies met both the first and second objectives. and 71 percent of the agencies met all three.

Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252

carol.rock(at)dailynews.com
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