2015 CAASPP Results

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015 - Posted in All District News

On September 9, 2015, the California Department of Education released the 2015 CAASPP Results for districts across the State.  The public can access these results at http://caaspp.cde.ca.gov.

The CAASPP — the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress — are new, computer-based assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.  Starting last school year, the CAASPP replaced the paper-based Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program.  Last Spring, Piedmont Students in grades 3–8 and 11 participated in the new CAASPP.

The new assessments are “adaptive” in that they take into account the student’s correct or incorrect answers to generate succeeding questions.  These assessments move beyond multiple choice, and include performance tasks that require complex written responses.  For these reasons, the CAASPP are designed to provide a more complete understanding of student knowledge and critical thinking skills for college and career readiness.

Piedmont students performed well, especially considering that all students engaged in computer-adaptive testing for the first time.  Superintendent Booker commented, “Piedmont’s students continue to demonstrate a remarkable level of academic excellence.  I am extremely proud of their efforts, as well as the extraordinary teaching and support found across the District.”

The following chart provides overall CAASPP results for Piedmont Unified as well as other unified school districts that are historically comparable to Piedmont Unified.  The values indicate the percentage of test-takers (grades 3-8, 11) who either “met” or “exceeded” the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics.

 

Unified School District English Language Arts/Literacy:Standard Exceeded/Met Mathematics:Standard Exceeded/Met
Arcadia Unified 77% 75%
Irvine Unified 77% 74%
La Cañada Unified 85% 82%
Los Alamitos Unified 74% 65%
Manhattan Beach Unified 81% 71%
Oak Park Unified 77% 68%
Palo Alto Unified 83% 83%
Palos Verdes Unified 77% 73%
Piedmont Unified 85% 82%
Pleasanton Unified 80% 73%
San Marino Unified 84% 84%
San Ramon Unified 81% 73%
South Pasadena Unified 77% 75%

 

Like class assignments and report cards, the new assessments are one gauge of student progress, providing information to schools, teachers, and parents about how students perform relative to California’s goals for both learning and college and career readiness.

 

Within the next few weeks, parents will receive an individual score report for each student who took the 2015 CAASPP, along with information about how to interpret the results.  These results will be used as one of several means to determine and meet student needs, and guide discussions among parents and teachers.  Also, the scores will be used as a baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time.

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