SF Schools Exceed State Benchmark in Math and English Scores

San Francisco Unified is one of three large urban school districts in California to make solid progress based on student test scores from last year.

For the first time, San Francisco schools exceeded a state benchmark indicating that most of the district's students are performing well in math and English.

Schools chief Richard Carranza says San Jose and San Diego are the only other big school districts that did the same.

"I think the families of San Francisco should very proud of how students performed," Carranza says.

Meanwhile, Oakland Unified students posted very slight gains, with fewer than half demonstrating proficiency on the state tests.    

"Nobody is turning somersaults here," says District spokesman Troy Flint.  He admits the district needs to do more to enhance critical thinking and problem solving skills.  

Both San Francisco and Oakland failed to meet tougher federal standards for yearly academic progress.

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