Test Scores Rise

Second year results from the newest state tests show significant gains in local schools.

The state released results from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) today.  The Long Beach Unified School District met or exceeded targets for growth in English Language Arts and math as specified in its state-required Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), which was developed with extensive input from the community.

“We’re encouraged by the new data,” LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser said.  “We’re starting to see the positive results of gradually restored state funding, and greater local control of that funding in our schools.  Today’s results are among several measurements that show progress here, including improved graduation rates and greater participation in Advanced Placement courses and exams.”

A majority of local students met, exceeded or nearly met standards in both English Language Arts and math.  In English, the figure was 71 percent, and in math it was 64 percent.

Throughout the school district, 46 percent of students met or exceeded standards in English Language Arts, a 4 percent increase over the prior year.  The increase exceeds the LCAP target of 3 percent growth.

The school district saw increases in English performance in most student subgroups.  English Language Learners and Redesignated Fluent English Proficient student performance grew by a combined 3 percent.  Homeless and foster student achievement grew by 6 percent.  Socioeconomically disadvantaged students improved their achievement by 4 percent.  Special education students improved by 3 percent.  Similarly, nearly all ethnic subgroups showed gains in English, including a 2 percent gain for African American students, and a 4 percent gain for Hispanic students.

In math, 34 percent of students met or exceeded standards, up 4 percent, again exceeding the LCAP goal of 3 percent.  As with English, most subgroups of students saw increases in math, with English Language Learners and Redesignated Fluent English Proficient students improving by 4 percent, homeless and foster youth improving by 3 percent, socioeconomically disadvantaged students improving by 4 percent, and special education students improving by 2 percent.  Most ethnic subgroups showed gains in math, too, including African American students with a 3 percent gain, and Hispanic students with a 4 percent gain.

Parents will receive individual student reports in the coming weeks.   A YouTube video from the California Department of Education explains how to read the report.

Full results and other resources are available at http://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/ including state, county, district and school-level reports for the new scores, which are based on last spring’s administration of the exams.