Second Year of CAASPP Results Show Growth for CVUSD Students
District’s students outperform county and statewide achievement levels
Thousand Oaks, Calif., August 24, 2016 – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today released the results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests, which were completed by more than 3.2 million students in grades 3-8 and 11 last spring. This is the second year students across the state, including Conejo Valley Unified School District completed the test which is geared towards gauging students’ progress in learning new, more rigorous academic standards designed to prepare them for college and careers in the 21st century.
CAASPP evaluates student progress on the California standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. Students’ scores fall into one of four achievement levels: standard exceeded, standard met, standard nearly met, and standard not met.
The 2016 CAASPP results show 67% of CVUSD students met or exceeded the standard for ELA and 58% met or exceeded the standard for math. These results show a 3% growth across the district in CAASPP ELA scores meeting or exceeding the standard from 2015 to 2016. There was also a 1% improvement in the district’s CAASPP math scores meeting or exceeding the standard from 2015 to 2016.
Statewide 49% and countywide 48% of students met or exceeded the standard in the English language arts/literacy component of the 2016 CAASPP. Overall, 19% more of CVUSD’s students met or exceeded the standard in CAASPP ELA scores when compared to students from all of Ventura County. While 37% of California students statewide and 36% of Ventura County students met or exceeded the standards in the math component of the 2016 CAASPP. Overall 22% more of CVUSD’s students met or exceeded the standard in CAASPP math scores when compared to students from all of Ventura County.
“Our school district and schools are reflective of more than one measure,” Dr. Jennifer Boone, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for CVUSD said. “However, the growth we see aligns with the LCAP goals the district has set forth, which includes focused attention and targeted resource allocations to best meet the needs of our students.”
Part of CVUSD’s outlined Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2016-2017 school year includes a focus on eliminating achievement gaps and providing individualized attention within classroom instruction – particularly among students who receive English language development services, special education services and those whose families face socio-economic barriers. Additionally, CVUSD’s students continue to challenge themselves to get college ready by enrolling in Honors, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses – enrollment for which has grown 1% over the last school year with 4,611 AP exams taken in 2016. CVUSD students are passing AP exams at a rate of 78% which is more than 17% higher than the global average pass rate.
“The district is proud of its students’ academic accomplishments,” Bob Iezza, Deputy Superintendent, Instruction said. “We continue to focus not only on academic outcomes, but also overall student wellness; social and emotional well-being of the students we serve.”
To view the results for all counties, districts and schools across the state visit the CAASPP Results Website.