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San Diego County School Districts See Increases In State Test Scores

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Aired 8/17/10

San Diego County school districts saw improvements in their state standardized tests scores last year despite big budget cuts. Some districts did better than others.

— San Diego County school districts saw improvements in their state standardized tests scores last year despite big budget cuts. Some districts did better than others.

San Diego Unified saw an increase in its state test scores for the fourth straight year.

Results show 56 percent of San Diego students scored high in English -- that's a jump of 4 percent over last year. San Diego is now tied with the San Francisco Unified School District in having the best scores in English among big city school districts.

In addition to that improvement, San Diego Unified saw big jumps in science scores -- an 8 percent jump compared to the year before. Math scores went up about 5 percent.

The district's Nellie Meyers says using data to track individual student progress every month is key. She also says teachers are rising to the budget challenge.

“We find that it is more about the people than the money,” Meyers said. “We certainly have had our ups-and-downs as far as budget, but nonetheless we still have good teaching instruction inside the classrooms.”

The Vista Unified School District had mixed results. Chula Vista and the Sweetwater school districts also saw big improvements.

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