About 75% of Pleasanton students who took the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the new state test meant to check if students are learning Common Core standards, either met or exceeded those standards, according to testing data released today.
"I am thrilled to see the positive PUSD results of the SBAC tests," said interim superintendent Jim Hansen. "This is a product of the hard work and dedication of our classified, certificated, and administrative staff and is indicative of the amazing work of Dr. Odie Douglas and his Ed Services team. Our students showed that they are capable of meeting the challenges of this rigorous test, which will prepare them for their future."
He also praised assessment coordinator Mike Kuhfal and staff of the district's technology department at large, all of whom helped teachers and students get ready for the test.
The test replaces the annual Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) examinations and aligns with the Common Core standards that were adopted statewide last year.
A total of 80% of Pleasanton Unified students tested met or exceeded English language arts and literacy standards, and 73% met or exceeded math standards. The CAASPP test was given to students in third through eighth grade in the spring, as well as 11th grade.
California as a whole did not fare nearly as well -- particularly in poorer areas. As a whole, 44% of California's public school students met or exceeded English standards, and 33% met or exceeded math standards.
However, state superintendent Tom Torlakson emphasized since this is the first year students have ever taken the CAASPP -- and the first year they've ever been exposed to Common Core standards -- these numbers should be a benchmark for growth.
"The results show our starting point as a state, a window into where California students are in meeting tougher academic standards that emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical writing," Torlakson said. "California's new standards and tests are challenging for schools to teach and for students to learn, so I am encouraged that many students are at or near achievement standards. However, just as we expected, many students need to make more progress. Our job is to support students, teachers, and schools as they do."
Surrounding districts scored similarly to PUSD, with 77% of Dublin Unified students who were tested meeting or exceeding English standards, and 69% meeting or exceeding math standards.
At Livermore Valley Joint Unified District, 58% of students tested met or exceeded English standards, and 44% met or exceeded math standards. At Sunol Glen Unified, 72% met or exceeded English standards, and 70% met or exceeded math standards -- although 11th grade data wasn't available or factored into that district's averages.
In nearby San Ramon Valley Unified, 81% of students met or exceeded English standards, and 73% met or exceeded math standards.