STARs shine bright in Loomis

School district sees 44 students earn perfect scores in STAR testing
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
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Forty-four students in the Loomis Union School District are perfect stars. The children, who last year were in grades three to eight, all earned perfect scores on portions of their STAR tests. STAR is an acronym for Standardized Testing and Reporting. Sean Clark, 11, was one of the students honored by the school board for his perfect math STAR test score. The Franklin Elementary School sixth-grader also earned a perfect score on the previous year’s test. “I was a little surprised the first time I got it. Last year, I made it my New Year’s resolution and I worked really hard on math every night. Math is my strong subject,” Sean said. Sean said he’s setting his sights again on a perfect STAR math score and said his goal is to get straight A’s this year. But he said he won’t be too disappointed if he doesn’t score perfectly. “As long as I know I did my best,” Sean said. STAR tests are conducted statewide every year to determine students’ level of mastery of various subjects. Children in grades second through eighth are tested in math and English and language arts. Older students, depending on their grade, also test in science and history and social science. Paul Johnson, district superintendent, said, “LUSD’s scores continue to far outpace the state and Placer County averages.” Johnson also said 100 percent of students in Ophir Elementary School’s second-grade class achieved advanced or proficient in math for the second year in a row. During the school board meeting on Sept. 2, trustees praised district teachers for all of their efforts in working with students to ensure they met or surpassed state requirements. “We have great teachers who really care about the students in their classrooms,” said Mike Edwards, trustee. “It really shows in the fact that our test scores have continued to improve over the last few years.”