By Phillip Reese
After years of steady increases, student test scores slipped slightly across California last year, a shift that education leaders blamed on budget cuts and changing curriculum standards.
About 51.2 percent of students performed at the proficient level or better on STAR math tests last year, down from 51.5 percent the prior year. Proficiency levels on language arts tests fell from 57.2 percent to 56.4 percent.
Previously, math test scores had increased for five straight years and language arts scores had increased for eight straight years.