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LAUSD SAT RESULTS LAGGING STATE, NATION.

Byline: Staff and Wire

While the average SAT scores for LAUSD's class of 2004 changed little from the year before, several San Fernando Valley high schools beat out national scores and some minority groups made modest improvements, mirroring national trends.

Still, LAUSD average scores remain far behind California and the nation. large gaps in test scores remain among racial lines - both in the LAUSD and nationally - and some testing critics worry they will widen with the introduction of a revamped test that includes a written essay, scheduled to debut next year.

Last year's LAUSD high school graduates averaged scores of 893 compared with the national average of 1026, the College Board reported Tuesday.

LAUSD's average scores in the verbal section rose one point over last year to 438, compared with the national average of 508 and state average of 501. In math, LAUSD graduates scored an average of 455, one point above last year but still 63 points behind the national average of 518 and 64 points behind the state average of 519.

Despite the district's poor standing, four schools in the San Fernando Valley had math and English scores above the national average - Granada Hills, Sherman Oaks, El Camino and Van Nuys High Schools. Each section is graded on a 200-800 point scale.

Esther Wong, LAUSD superintendent for planning assessment and research, said some of the low scores can be attributed to LAUSD's high number of poverty-level students and those who did not learn English as a first language. English was the first language for 79 percent of test takers nationally, but was for only 34 percent at LAUSD.
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Date:Sep 1, 2004
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