Majority of Students At, Near Standards

A majority of students in the Long Beach Unified School District is performing at or near the state’s new standards, according to newly released data from the California Department of Education.

First-year data on new state tests showed 68 percent of LBUSD students exceeding, meeting or nearly meeting English language arts standards. In math, 63 percent of students exceeded, met or nearly met standards.

Because 2015 is the first year of the new tests and because they are substantially different from their predecessors, these California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) results will serve as a baseline from which to measure future progress and should not be compared to results from the state’s previous assessments, the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program.

“This year’s results will set a new baseline for progress that students will make in the coming years,” LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser said. “We’re encouraged that a majority of our students is performing at or near California’s newer, higher standards. Now we will use these results as one of many sources of data as we work to improve student achievement, ultimately preparing more students for success in college and careers.”

CAASPP includes a number of assessments, but the most widely given are the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments, which evaluate student progress on the California standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy, often referred to as the Common Core.

Parents will receive individual student scores later this fall.

The state’s website at contains the results for all counties, districts and schools across the state.