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# PAUSD: South Palo Alto kids/schools -- wow

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by SouthPA Mom, Greendell/Walnut Grove,
on Aug 9, 2013

I was looking at STAR results for the 2nd grade. My son got "advanced" (the highest bucket) in both math and English, which seemed impressive at first, but then I noticed that at his school (Fairmeadow), an astonishing 83% of kids scored "advanced" in math, and 61% in English. So his scores are pretty much par for the course there.

At Palo Verde, 80% of 2nd graders scored advanced in math, and 68% in English. At Hoover, 86% scored advanced in math and 77% in English.

This is much higher than the rest of Palo Alto, though Palo Alto did well over all, with an average of 68% scoring advanced in math, and 54% in English. Duveneck, for example, had 51% scoring advanced in math, and 51% in English. Walter Hayes was 52/47 and Addison was 50/59.

So, two questions. (1) What's up with South Palo Alto kids/schools? And (2) Why do we persist in offering standard math curriculum to a set of kids who are so clearly exceeding the norm?