Alameda County Schools Show Growth Overall
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Results Announced
For Immediate Release: August 24, 2016
Hayward, CA- Alameda County Superintendent of Schools L. Karen Monroe joined State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and San Leandro USD Superintendent Mike McLaughlin for the announcement of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) results today at San Leandro High School’s Arts Education Center. Early analysis of the results shows growth across all grade levels in all school districts in Alameda County.
“The results released today are an indication that Alameda County school district leaders have their districts pointed in the right direction and our students are poised to meet increasingly more rigorous academic demands,” notes Superintendent Monroe. “CAASPP results are only one out of twenty-three state priority area indicators of school and district performance, so while we reflect at this moment on the hard work of staff to prepare students for this performance assessment, they are already busy considering and refining instructional approaches with an eye on continuous improvement across a broad range of indicators.”
CAASPP was first administered in the 2014-15 school year in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics in grades 3-8 and grade 11. Second year results in 2015-16 show that Alameda County school districts continue to outperform the state average, with 55% of Alameda County students having met or exceeded standards in ELA and 46% of students having met or exceeded standards in mathematics. The state average was 49% in ELA and 37% in math.
While there are districts making great strides at closing achievement gaps that impact a wide range of student subgroups, double digit gaps persist across Alameda County. In particular, the countywide gap between low income and non-low income students remains near 40 percentage points. Only 32% of low-income students in Alameda County have met or exceeded standards in ELA and only 23% have met or exceeded standards in math.
There are two student assessment milestones that are widely viewed as critical benchmarks for measuring college and career readiness for students: 3rd grade literacy and 8th grade math. In Alameda County, 49% of 3rd graders met or exceeded standards in ELA and 46% of 8th graders met or exceeded standards in math.
Superintendent Monroe continues, “While we are pointed in the right direction, we still have a lot of work to do to ensure all students from all neighborhoods are college and career ready. These results are an indication that districts and schools are becoming better acclimated at implementing the California State Standards and made real strides in supporting their students to be successful with the more rigorous instruction, which will continue to fuel improvement.”
The Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) partners with districts to ensure the academic and social-emotional success of all County students. ACOE regularly brings together district leaders to share resources, outline plans for continued improvement, and close achievement gaps for the students from the County’s most highly impacted communities.