Mill Valley Schools Meet STAR Goals

With the latest round of test scores released, local schools largely hit state marks. See full data below.

The California Department of Education released the results of its annual Standardized Testing and Reporting exams (STAR) this week, with a high percentage of Marin students, and Mill Valley students in particular, outperforming state standards.

At all grade levels, and in all subjects, schools in the  met or exceeded the state’s STAR goals that students reach the “proficient” level, which means they understand and master the material of their grade level. Tam High also met or exceeded the goals in most subjects.

The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) test is a combination of tests in different subjects given at different grade levels.

The goal is to have students at proficient or advanced levels in English, Math, Science and Social Studies. 

In Marin, 73.4 percent of students were proficient or advanced in English -- compared with 54 percent statewide. And 66.1 percent of Marin students were proficient or advanced in math, while just 50 percent were in California.

In Mill Valley, the scores were even higher. Across the Mill Valley School District, which includes , , ,  and  elementary schools, 87 percent of students are at or above proficiency in math and in language arts.

You can see the full STAR results here. The results are divided into grade levels and socioeconomic subdivisions.

At both the state and county level, the scores are on the rise from previous years. You can see local results from last year .

STAR tests were administered when each school completed 85 percent of its instructional year, according to state officials. State and federal goals from the No Child Left Behind program aim to have all students at or above a proficient level in basic language arts and math tests by 2014.

School results are used to determine a school's Academic Performance Index (API) – a measure of its performance from year to year. In addition to STAR results, for high schools the API takes into account graduation rates and performance on the California High School Exit Exam. Along with certain yearly goal targets, schools must meet API and graduation targets.

The charts below show the percentage of students proficient or advanced in each subject at each local school and grade level. Not every student is tested in every subject, depending on what subject's the students are taking. Also, the results are not released when the number of students taking a test is so small so as to make it possible to identify individual students.


English Math Science Edna Maguire    84    92    92 Grade 2    70    91
Grade 3    82    92 Grade 4    91    91 Grade 5    92    95    92


English Math Science Old Mill    90    93    83 Grade 2    87    95 Grade 3    86    94 Grade 4    96    93 Grade 5    89    88    83   English Math Science Park    87    93    99 Grade 2    92    92 Grade 3    72    91 Grade 4    93    96 Grade 5    90    93    99


English Math Science Strawberry Point 84 85 82 Grade 2 76 84 Grade 3 90 95 Grade 4 89 91 Grade 5 79 69 82 English Math Science Tam Valley 88 88 94 Grade 2 87 87 Grade 3 84 94 Grade 4 85 75 Grade 5 94 96 94


English Math Gen'l Math Algebra Geometry History Science MV Middle    89    78    
   91    91  Grade 6    87 80          Grade 7    90 87       100  Grade 8    91    78    99    100    91    91   Tam High English Gen. Math Alg. I Geometry Algebra II Summ. Math World History U.S. History  9th    87   29    36    68    88      10th    70    6    19    65        64  11th    75       0    12    65       74   Tam High Life Science Biology Chemistry Earth Sci. Physics   9th    75    72   10th   74    75       7   11th    72    81    55

Desert Rat August 18, 2011 at 04:05 PM
It’s great to see the district continuing its strong academic performance by a focus on the mind. Unfortunately, the bodies of these children are not receiving nearly the same attention. Physical Fitness Test (PFT) scores for Mill Valley are generally buried by the administration, probably because they are so embarrassing. See for yourself: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf/pftresults.asp Mill Valley trails well behind the scores of similar demographic towns in Marin such as Tiburon, Ross, Larkspur and Kentfield. In fact, our 7th grade scores at Mill Valley Middle School are much lower than the entire county average. Newflash – the mind and body are connected – improve that body, and the mind will also improve.
Elza Burton August 18, 2011 at 04:55 PM
THE PREVIOUS COMMENTS ARE VERY DISTURBING! By the way - you need to clean up your grammar in the last paragraph. The word SUBJECT'S is plural and should not have an apostrophe!
Elza Burton August 18, 2011 at 04:58 PM
My name is ELZA not ELZAL! Can you please make this correction? Thank you.
Magoo August 18, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Listen Elza, Mr. Welte did not change anything. That's the way you spelled your name when you joined. People make typos on their keyboards esp. on the internet because they are in a hurry . And most of the time they know the correct spelling.
Instigator August 18, 2011 at 05:36 PM
Hey, liten up, Elzal - no nede to showt!


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