The La Cañada Unified School District has outdone itself once again, continuing to improve its academic performance and overtaking other high-performing local school districts to top the state’s rankings in English and finish second in math, according to test results released this week by the California Department. education.
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress System Rating Scale mean score results show that LCUSD achieved first, second, or third place in the state across all levels on English tests . The district improved its overall English score from 2017 by 1.89 percentage points.
In mathematics, three of the seven grade levels held the top spots. Seventh graders took first place in English among all their peers tested in California. As a district, LCUSD was # 1 in California for the combined percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards in English and having the second highest percentage in math.
“LCUSD should be proud of these excellent scores which tell the story of the hard work, academic rigor and high performance of our students,” said Jim Cartnal, District Executive Director of Student Services, adding that the scores of the CAASPP show significant growth over recent years across all classes in the neighborhood.
As part of the CAASPP system, students took the test, the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, in the spring of 2018. This is the fourth year of the computer-based adaptive tests, which are administered to students in grades 3 through 8. year and 11th. analyzed by the mean score of the scale and the performance of the pupils are reported in one of the four levels of achievement: level not reached, almost reached, reached and exceeded.
LCUSD students achieved the highest honors in English, with 87.75% of students meeting or exceeding the state target in English, compared to a state average of 48.56%. Math scores show 85.12% of LCUSD students met or exceeded state-set standards, well above the statewide figure of 37.56%, for second place in the general classification.
LCUSD Superintendent Wendy Sinnette also praised the district, but said she wasn’t surprised by the stellar scores.
“CAASPP scores are important as they are a standardized statewide measure – and our students have done brilliantly. However, what impresses me even more is the exceptional learning that I see happening on a daily basis in our elementary, middle and high schools, ”she said. “Our teachers deliver world-class instruction and our students partner with them daily to deepen their understanding and mastery of rigorous content standards at the academic level. They all deserve to be congratulated for such exceptional work.
Although scores were good at all levels, Grades 3, 4, and 7 achieved high marks in English throughout the four-year history of the CAASPP assessment, with grades 4 and 5 showing record performances. similar in mathematics.
Cartnal noted that district administrators and teachers will use these measures to improve instruction and differentiation in the classroom and to support students. Teachers review CAASPP results for both their current and former students to identify strengths in student performance as well as targeted areas of growth. Grade 4 students meeting or exceeding state standards. In English, 5th grade students led the class, with 96.55% meeting or exceeding state targets. At Palm Crest Elementary School, grades 3-6 all increased English scores, with grade 5 earning the highest honors as 93.75% met or exceeded state standards. Meanwhile, Paradise Canyon Elementary School has seen its already high scores improve in math among 3rd and 5th grade students. In English, grades 3 to 5 PCYs have experienced excellent growth.
As part of the effort to assess a more holistic approach to student success, the state Department of Education will integrate CAASPP results into the new California Dashboard Accountability System, which also takes into account the chronic absenteeism, suspension rate, progress of English learners, graduation rates and university. or career preparation. The scoreboard results, first published in 2017, are expected to come out later this academic year.
“CAASPP test scores are important measures of student progress, but they are only one of many measures we look at to define success in [LCUSD] schools, ”Cartnal said. “We have traditionally performed very well in these areas and believe our dashboard metrics will continue to show what we already know at La Cañada – that we have some of the best schools in the state.”