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CAASPP Results

  

Dear LCMSD Community,

This past spring our 3rd-8th grade students took the Smarter Balanced Assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and mathematics, as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) program. These online tests are based on the Common Core State Standards which are California’s academic standards that require students to think critically, write clearly, and solve complex problems. These standards have set a high bar for the education we provide, and these learning targets help ensure our students are well prepared to succeed in their educational careers and professional pursuits.

In LCMSD, one of our core beliefs is to focus on the whole child, and state tests are only one measure of student academic growth in school. CAASPP tests provide one snapshot of our students’ knowledge and skills. We also refer to progress report grades, student work, tests and quizzes, contributions in the classroom, performances, along with other important tools to gauge student progress. We encourage you to keep state test scores in perspective of these overall goals for our students’ development.

Your child’s score report is available within the parent portal of Alma, the district’s student information system. To access it, sign into Alma, click on your student’s name, and then select Test Scores. You will see links to pdfs of CAASPP score reports for each year your student took CAASPP. The school office does not manage parent passwords, so please use the Forgot Password link on the sign in page if you need password support. If you are still having difficulty signing in, please contact the school office.

The school and district CAASPP results were publicly released earlier today by the California Department of Education. They are available at caaspp-elpac.cde.ca.gov/caaspp/

We are pleased to share that the data represents a number of positive trends in LCMSD students meeting state standards. Overall, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards in English Language Arts increased from 2019 and is at its highest level for the six years that the test has been administered. Over a six year span, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards in mathematics has increased by 8 percent. This is extraordinary news and demonstrates how important it was for students to return to in person instruction. 

These results signal we are on the right track and that many of the initiatives and programs we have put into place are beginning to generate results. Over the last six years we have engaged in extensive training in research-based instructional strategies such as (Columbia) Reading and Writing Workshop and Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) in mathematics. These results indicate that professional development efforts are having an impact on student learning. 

While these scores represent growth and improvement over the last six years, we acknowledge that we have more work to do so that all of our students meet the standards outlined by the state. These data suggest we are headed in the right direction, but we have not yet reached our destination.

 

ELA

Math

 

2016

2017

2018

2019

2021

2016

2017

2018

2019

2021

Standard Met or Exceeded

77%

79%

78%

79%

80%

64%

69%

73%

74%

73%

As a district we use these data to evaluate our work and guide our future. Assessment data also provides us an opportunity to examine specific content strands at each grade level, compare cohort data over time and track individual student growth. All of this allows us to ask questions about data and implement new strategies and programs to support students and teachers.

A detailed report on the CAASPP scores for LCMSD will be shared with the Board at the January 19th Board Meeting. We encourage you to attend. 

Thanks,

Brett Geithman, Ed.D.
Superintendent 

Daniel Norbutas
Senior Director of Educational Services & Technology 

 

Board of Trustees

Jill Sellers, President

Annie Sherman, Vice President

Monica Cañas, Clerk

Sarah Mueller

Eric Schmautz