Third year results of California's new annual assessments are released.  

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Monterey County Student Achievement Improves

Third Year Results of California’s New Annual Assessment

 

Salinas, Calif. – Third year results from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) were released today by the California Department of Education.

California is leading the nation in developing a system for evaluating schools and districts that includes multiple measures of student success and focuses on the importance of growth and continuous improvement. The results of the 2017 CAASPP tests show Monterey County students’ scores increased by four percentage points in English Language Arts/Literacy and five percentage points in Mathematics since 2015 when the new tests were first given.

When comparing Monterey County’s student performance to the overall performance of students throughout the California, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Nancy Kotowski said, “Monterey County students are keeping pace with or exceeding the state improvement rate, but the scores are lower than state averages. While student achievement in Monterey County is headed in the right direction, we are striving for much greater progress that is needed for our students to succeed in today’s world.”

Overall, scores slightly improved from 2016. In English Language Arts/Literacy, 36 percent of Monterey County students met or exceeded standards, compared to 49 percent statewide, and 25 percent met or exceeded standards in Mathematics compared to 38 percent statewide (Tables 1 and 2). Mathematics scores continue to be lower than English Language Arts/Literacy scores in Monterey County, as they are statewide.

Countywide, third and fourth-graders are showing the greatest growth in student achievement. Success in third and fourth grade is important as this period is the time that students move from learning to read to reading to learn.

This new assessment system provides teachers, students, and parents with a more comprehensive profile of student achievement. Later this year, a new California School Dashboard will be available online. This easy-to-use tool allows visitors to access a more complete picture of a school’s progress through a set of indicators, rather than just one test score. The indicators include high school graduation rates, career and college readiness, English Learner progress and suspension rates, while still looking at test scores.

The Achievement Gap

The third year of CAASPP scores continue to reflect serious achievement gaps among students who are designated as English Learners, students from economically disadvantaged families, and students with disabilities. 

Overall, nine percent of English learners in all grade levels met or exceeded standards in English Language Arts/Literacy, and eight percent in Math, compared with 50 percent and 36 percent for those subjects, respectively, for students proficient in English.

Similarly, 29 percent of economically disadvantaged students in all grade levels met or exceeded the standard in English Language Arts/Literacy, and 18 percent in Math, compared with 60 percent and 45 percent, respectively for students not economically disadvantaged. 

Eight percent of students with disabilities in all grade levels met or exceeded the standard in English Language Arts/Literacy, and six percent in Math, compared with 40 percent and 27 percent, respectively, for students with no disabilities.

 

Table 1: English Language Arts/Literacy - Percent of County and State Students Meeting or Exceeding Standards by Grade Level

GRADE

COUNTY

STATE

 

2015

2016

2017

GROWTH

2015

2016

2017

GROWTH

ALL

32%

36%

36%

+4%

44%

49%

49%

+5%

3rd

23%

27%

30%

+7%

38%

43%

44%

+6%

4th

27%

28%

33%

+6%

40%

44%

45%

+5%

5th

33%

36%

34%

+1%

44%

49%

47%

+3%

6th

30%

35%

36%

+6%

42%

48%

47%

+5%

7th

32%

35%

37%

+5%

44%

48%

49%

+5%

8th

37%

38%

36%

-1%

45%

48%

49%

+4%

11th

48%

54%

53%

+5%

56%

59%

60%

+4%

 

Table 2: Mathematics - Percent of County and State Students Meeting or Exceeding Standards by Grade Level 

GRADE

COUNTY

STATE

 

2015

2016

2017

GROWTH

2015

2016

2017

GROWTH

ALL

20%

24%

25%

+5%

33%

37%

38%

+5%

3rd

25%

31%

34%

+9%

40%

46%

47%

+7%

4th

19%

23%

26%

+7%

35%

38%

40%

+5%

5th

20%

21%

22%

+2%

30%

33%

34%

+4%

6th

19%

21%

22%

+3%

33%

35%

36%

+3%

7th

21%

23%

23%

+2%

34%

36%

37%

+3%

8th

23%

24%

24%

+1%

33%

36%

36%

+3%

11th

18%

25%

22%

+4%

29%

33%

32%

+3%

 

Table 3: English Language Arts/Literacy - Percent of County and State Student Subgroups Meeting or Exceeding Standards 

SUBGROUP

COUNTY

STATE

 

2015

2016

2017

GROWTH

2015

2016

2017

GROWTH

ALL

32%

36%

36%

+4%

44%

49%

49%

+5%

African American

32%

36%

34%

+2%

28%

31%

31%

+3%

American Indian or Alaskan Native

38%

42%

26%

-12%

33%

36%

36%

+3%

Asian

61%

64%

65%

+4%

72%

76%

76%

+4%

Filipino

58%

62%

61%

+3%

65%

70%

70%

+5%

Hispanic

25%

29%

30%

+5%

32%

37%

37%

+5%

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

35%

44%

45%

+10%

38%

42%

42%

+4%

White

61%

64%

64%

+3%

61%

64%

64%

+3%

Two or More Races

57%

58%

60%

+3%

59%

63%

64%

+5%

Economically Disadvantaged

23%

27%

29%

+6%

31%

35%

36%

+5%

Not Economically Disadvantaged

57%

61%

60%

+3%

64%

68%

68%

+4%

English Learners (EL)

7%

8%

9%

+2%

11%

13%

12%

+1%

English Only (EO)

47%

50%

50%

+3%

51%

55%

54%

+3%

Reclassified English Proficient (RFEP)

44%

48%

49%

+5%

52%

58%

58%

+6%

Initially Fluent English Proficient (IFEP)

59%

68%

69%

+10%

69%

74%

75%

+6%

Migrant

16%

19%

21%

+5%

21%

24%

26%

+5%

Students with Disability

7%

9%

8%

+1%

12%

14%

14%

+2%

Students with No Disability

35%

38%

40%

+5%

48%

52%

53%

+5%

Female

37%

41%

42%

+5%

49%

54%

54%

+5%

Male

27%

30%

31%

+4%

38%

42%

43%

+5%

 

Table 4: Mathematics - Percent of County and State Student Subgroups Meeting or Exceeding Standards

SUBGROUP

COUNTY

STATE

 

2015

2016

2017

GROWTH

2015

2016

2017

GROWTH

ALL

20%

24%

25%

+5%

33%

37%

38%

+5%

African American

16%

18%

18%

+2%

16%

18%

19%

+3%

American Indian or Alaskan Native

22%

32%

20%

-2%

22%

26%

25%

+3%

Asian

53%

57%

57%

+4%

69%

72%

73%

+4%

Filipino

40%

41%

44%

+4%

52%

57%

57%

+5%

Hispanic

15%

18%

19%

+4%

21%

24%

25%

+4%

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

24%

28%

32%

+8%

27%

31%

31%

+4%

White

46%

50%

50%

+4%

49%

53%

53%

+4%

Two or More Races

44%

48%

48%

+4%

49%

52%

53%

+4%

Economically Disadvantaged

14%

17%

18%

+4%

21%

23%

25%

+4%

Not Economically Disadvantaged

41%

45%

45%

+4%

53%

56%

57%

+4%

English Learners (EL)

6%

7%

8%

+2%

11%

12%

12%

+1%

English Only (EO)

32%

35%

36%

+4%

39%

42%

43%

+4%

Reclassified English Proficient (RFEP)

25%

28%

29%

+4%

36%

40%

41%

+5%

Initially Fluent English Proficient (IFEP)

40%

44%

46%

+6%

55%

59%

61%

+6%

Migrant

11%

14%

17%

+6%

14%

17%

19%

+5%

Students with Disability

5%

6%

6%

+1%

9%

11%

11%

+2%

Students with No Disability

22%

25%

27%

+5%

36%

40%

41%

+5%

Female

21%

24%

25%

+4%

34%

37%

37%

+3%

Male

21%

24%

25%

+4%

34%

37%

38%

+4%