State Testing Results Explained

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State Testing Results Explained

CUSD Testing

State Results Explained

In August, CUSD parents received their child’s California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) test results in the mail for students in grades 3-8 and 11. As you most likely know, these are mandated California state assessments of English, math and science.

As a school district, we receive school-wide and individual results. We break down the reports to look at the individual, grade level, site and district data. We use these results to strengthen our instructional programs, provide professional development where needed, and ensure funding and systems are in place to support growth.

This was the second year of testing. The baseline is built on the 2015 spring testing. With two years of data to pull from, we are pleased to see that CUSD is doing well overall.

Points of Interest

English Language Arts (ELA)

  • 5th grade students had the highest ELA performance at 80%, followed by 8th grade at 79% and 7th grade at 78% for students meeting or exceeding standards. Grade levels with the most growth were 5th (11% growth over baseline), 7th (2% growth over baseline), and 8th (2% growth over baseline).
     
  • Student cohorts with the most growth are 4th>5th with 8% growth, 5th>6th with 3% growth, and 7th>8th with 3% growth.
     
  • The claim of listening emerged as a relative strength in 5 out of 7 tested grades. Reading remained the claim with the greatest need.
     
  • 11th grade dropped significantly (11%) with the greatest need remaining in writing.

Mathematics

  • 3rd and 7th grade students tied for the highest mathematics performance at 73%, followed by 5th grade at 70% for students meeting or exceeding standards. Grade levels with the most growth were 5th (14% growth over baseline), 8th (10% growth over baseline), 7th (9% growth over baseline), and 11th (5% growth over baseline).
     
  • Student cohorts with the most growth are 6th>7th grade with 13% growth and 5th>6th with 3% growth.
     
  • The claim of communicating reasoning emerged as a relative strength in 6 out of 7 tested grades. Concepts and procedures remained the claim with the greatest need for all tested grades.  Science (Preliminary June 2016 Testing)
     
  • Student performance in science continues to be the strongest of all assessed content areas, though there is a mismatch between the CST assessment based on the California Standards in Science and the Next Generation Science Standards.
     
  • 8th grade students had the highest science performance at 85%, followed by10th grade at 80%, and 5th grade at 77% for students proficient or advanced.
     
  • All schools realized an increase in student performance over 2015 scores.
     

Using Data to Strengthen Instruction

While this data is very constructive for our programs, CAASPP results are just one set of data that we use to gauge student success and needs. To ensure we are looking at student progress from all angles, we deeply analyze a wide range of data. This includes advanced placement pass and completion rates, local assessments and other data to verify trends.