State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the statewide results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (“CAASPP”) assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy (“ELA”) and mathematics. Each school district has had their own results since May.
Overall, students in California are improving but only slightly. Results show 50.87% of all students met or exceeded standards in ELA, a 0.99% increase from 2018. In mathematics, 39.73% of all students met or exceeded standards, a 1.08% increase from 2018. Charter school students scored consistently with the statewide averages and better for minority students. In ELA, 50.51% of all charter school students met or exceeded standards. In mathematics, 36.65% of all charter school students met or exceeded standards.
While Superintendent Thurmond acknowledged the slight increase in scores, he expressed concern that improvement was less consistent in grades 7, 8, and 11, with a persistent percentage of students of color not meeting standards, and, in several grades, showing declining scores. Charter school students of color fared slightly better than district students.
For example, 33.72% of African American students in non-charter schools met or exceeded standards in ELA, and 20.51% met or exceeded standards in mathematics. In comparison, 34.77% of African American students in charter schools met or exceeded standards in ELA, and 20.76% met or exceeded standards in math. Similarly, 40.25% of Latino students in non-charter schools met or exceeded standards in ELA and 27.89% met or exceeded standards in math, while 43.52% of Latino charter school students met or exceeded standards in ELA and 29.61% met or exceeded standards in math.
Some ideas to help keep or gain momentum moving forward:
Continue working to meet the needs of your students.
If you received the LEA coordinator survey from the CDE, answer it. Your input lets CDE know what resources and training your school may need.
Did you attend the 2019 California Assessment Conference on October 9? If so, share what you learned with your staff and community. If not, be aware of other resources available through the State: Assessment Spotlights; CDE Testing Facts; CAASPP Training Opportunities.
Review the 2019 California School Dashboard, which shows performance data for a variety of groups to assist in identifying strengths, challenges, and areas for improvement. Recognize your school's strengths and identify areas for improvement.
by Barbara Raich & Megan Moore
Barbara has 8 years of experience advising and supporting public schools. She has researched and developed policy, provided guidance on student discipline, and supported charter schools through special education due process matters.
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