The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) 2015-16 results for Pleasanton Unified School District continue to show impressive gains. This marks PUSD’s second administration of California’s new online assessment system, which focuses on 21st century skills requiring students to write clearly, think critically, and solve complex problems, just as they will need to do in college and career.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that California students made significant progress in the second year of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) online tests.
More than 3.2 million students statewide took part in CAASPP, which includes a number of different assessments. 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.
PUSD’s strong results are attributed to the hard work and collaboration of staff, parents and most of all students. PUSD’s efforts in focusing on the Common Core/California State Standards, aligning instruction and instructional materials and providing consistent professional development are being validated, having prepared students to meet the challenges of this new assessment.
Compared to 2014-15 baseline results, districtwide students meeting or exceeding standards:
- English language arts/literacy scores rose to 81%, an increase of 1%
- Mathematics scores rose to 76%, an increase of 3%
- English Learners that met or exceeded standards increased by 9% in English language arts/literacy and 14% in mathematics
- Hispanic/Latino students meeting or exceeding standards increased by 6% in English language arts/literacy and 8% in mathematics
- Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students increased 6% in both English language arts/literacy and mathematics in meeting or exceeding standards
- Students with disabilities meeting or exceeding standards increased by 2% in English language arts/literacy and 4% in math
PUSD recognizes that there is still work to be done. The District continues to have the need to increase our Black or African American students overall academic performance, as there was a decrease of 5% in English language arts/literacy and a decrease of 3% in mathematics. There was also a decrease of 5% in English language arts/literacy for 8th grade.
PUSD will continue with its bold goals related to our Strategic Plan that all students, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or gender will meet/exceed standards and be college/career ready upon graduation.
The district will work to advance efforts to close the “opportunity gap” among subgroups by providing the necessary instruction, interventions and resources, as we acknowledge the need to continuously provide academic interventions for our English learners, students with disabilities, and our socio-economically disadvantaged students.
“This is an incredible accomplishment for our PUSD staff and students,” said Superintendent Rick Rubino. “Analyzing the CAASPP results will provide us with the information which guides our focus on the specific needs of our students, to improve performance, close achievement gaps, and support teachers and schools in their continued efforts to increase student learning.”
Individual student reports have already been mailed to students’ homes. To view PUSD’s CAASPP scores and other districts across California, visit the CAASPP web site at http://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/sb2016.