California Standards Test results show the percentage of Pasadena Unified School District students scoring at the proficient and advanced level in English Language Arts increa-sed in all grades last year, with 21 elementary schools reporting double-digit increases in English and 17 reporting double-digit spikes in math, according to the district.

Despite much celebration of these successes by Superintendent Percy Clark, Pete Soelter was the only Board of Education member to attend the announcement ceremony.

Willard Elementary, which increased its English score by 35 percent and math score by 40 percent, was the top-performing school in the district. Other top-performers include McKinley, Hamilton, Cleveland and Madison elementary schools as well as Norma Coombs Alternative School.