Foothill ranks above state and county averages on the new standardized tests given to juniors.
The state test scores "are one measure of assessment," Principal Jason Krolikowski said. "We have multiple measures. This is baseline data. We are using the scores as part of our analysis into how to support our kids so that they're proficient or above in math and English."
Last year's juniors were the only high school students tested through the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) standardized tests. Students in elementary and middle schools also took the exams.
The CAASPP exams replace the former STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) exams that ended three years ago.
High school juniors were tested in English-language arts and math. Foothill ranked above both the state and county in percentage of students who met or exceeded the state's set achievement level.
At Foothill, 80 percent of juniors met or exceeded the English standard and 60 percent met or exceeded the math standard. The state average is 56 percent for English and 29 percent for math. The Alameda County average is 61 percent for English and 39 percent for math. Amador came in at 93 percent for English and 78 percent for math.
The average scale score for Pleasanton's two high schools shows a much smaller discrepancy. Foothill has an average score of 2,670 to Amador's 2,712 in English. In math, Foothill scored 2,658 to Amador's 2,710.
"I don't run away from the data," Krolikowski said. "When you have a two-school town, there's going to be a one and there's going to be a two. We would definitely like to be on top, but until then, we're focusing on what we can control."
Regardless of the scores, there's always room for improvement, he said.
"There's no score that we would have that we wouldn't take the same approach toward making greater strides," Krolikowski noted. "We want to identify where we can improve. Our expectation is continuous improvement."
Click here for more detailed test scores on the California Department of Education website. Look below for charts with local details.
Individual student test scores were mailed earlier this week and should soon arrive at homes.
The CAASPP exams will be given annually in the spring. Currently, juniors are the only high school students included in the state exams.
Posted Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015