Here’s how South Bay students did on this year’s standardized tests

The California Department of Education today released the student performance results for the 2016/17 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), with the data showing William S. Hart Union High School District students continuing to outpace their peers county- and state-wide.

“Hart District students do well on state assessments because we place a strong focus on ensuring that our students are taught the State’s academic content standards, which is what the tests assess”, LeBarron continued. “We need to work diligently to narrow achievement gaps and make sure all students continue to make progress”, Torlakson said in a news release. “We are asking more of our students, but for a good reason – so they are better prepared for the world of college and careers”.

“We can’t call ourselves a progressive state and leave low-income students and students of color behind”, said Ryan Smith, executive director of The Education-Trust West, a research and advocacy organization.

Morgan Polikoff, an associate professor of education at USC’s Rossier School of Education, said he puts very little stock in year-to-year changes in the percentage of students who are proficient because it is a “very, very poor measure of how much school districts are improving or not”. When small discrepancies were found in August in a few districts, CDE delayed the official release to make certain all statewide results were completely accurate. It was the second consecutive year of the state using the Forward Exam, after three previous years of state testing using three different types of tests made consistent year-to-year comparisons impossible.

The CAASPP is an online assessment that students in grades 3-8 and 11 take each spring, based on California’s challenging academic standards. To see individual results for one of the more than 11,000 schools that administered the Smarter Balanced tests in spring 2017, or to find district results quickly, click the “Search” option at the top of this page or enter the name in the “Search” field below.

San Mateo County Superintendent Anne Campbell celebrated the scores as a means of granting educators a better chance to understand student skills.

On Tuesday, DPI announced that student participation and performance on Advanced Placement exams improved in Wisconsin this year.

Torlakson thanked educators, parents, students, and community leaders for the high participation rates.

The 325,000-member California Teachers Association is affiliated with the 3 million-member National Education Association.

Those languishing scores have raised questions about the quality of the test itself. The new computer-based tests are a digital transition from the pen and pencil multiple choice test used in the past.

The tests are programmed to base questions on each student’s answers, so a correct answer is followed by a more hard question and a wrong answer by an easier question, giving a more accurate picture of what students know or don’t know, officials said. The exams require students to drag and drop answers to math and reading questions, fill in blanks and write long-form answers. The test also includes “performance tasks” where students apply knowledge to analyze a real-world problem.

Less than half of California students met the standards in either subject.

For the 2015-16 CAASPP tests, 82 percent of 11th-graders met or exceeded the standard performance level in English/language arts, according to last year’s report.

As an example, 33 percent of students who are economically disadvantaged met or exceeded standards in ELA compared to 59 percent of students who are not economically disadvantaged.

Most districts across the region saw single-digit improvements and a couple showed slight drops in some grade levels, though a change in the scoring system makes exact comparisons hard. “You have to ask the question, is it because of the performance of students in schools, or is it something with the test?”

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