In January of 2014 California Education Code Section 60640 established the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). This new system of assessments blends the new Smarter Balanced Assessments with the existing Science exams. It also includes a new test for students with disabilities known as the California Alternative Assessment.
If you would like to read more about the CAASPP system, please refer to the California Department of Education website. Other aspects worth noting:
Each school within PYLUSD has developed a schedule for testing and that should be shared with families before the first day of testing. As always, a student can be exempted from state testing with a simple request in writing to the principal as described in California Education Code 60615.
No Academic Performance Index (API) will be provided until 2016 as the state revises the current calculations to match the new testing system and other state goals.
2015 CAASPP Testing Update
The individual student reports for the 2015 CAASPP testing program should be mailed out by the end of September. As we review the preliminary results, we see a clear parallel to the early years of CST Testing for Placentia Yorba Linda Schools. In 2004, districts within California had completed a few years of state testing on the California Standards Tests or CSTs. According to our records, PYLUSD students at different grade levels were between 43% and 56% advanced or proficient in ELA from 3rd to 11th grade. In math, the range was from 39% to 67% advanced and proficient.
For 2015, the initial year of CAASPP, 63% of PYLUSD students participating scored met or exceeded the target in English/Language Arts and in Math 55% met or exceeded the target. As a district with approximately 26,000 students, 34 schools, and a wide range of socioeconomic and language skills we believe we are off to a good start. Here is a more thorough review of our scores from this baseline year.
- Smarter Balanced -- Parent Video (produced by Riverside Unified School District)
- CAASPP -- Connecting Learning to Life
- EdSource -- What Parents Need to Know
- An overview of Frequently Asked Questions.
- If you are interested in learning more about the results statewide, you can visit http://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/ to find the scores for specific schools and districts across the state.
- Additional information is available on the Scoring Ranges.
- Additional information on the Achievement Level Descriptors.
- Parent Guides are available to help break down score reports (Spanish).
- Video explanation of Score Reports (Spanish)
Final CST Results from 2013
Continuing Growth for the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District
The Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District’s Academic Performance Index increased to 872 — making it the ninth consecutive year of academic growth for the high-performing school district.
The API measures the annual academic growth of California schools based on test scores and other measures. The goal is for all California schools to reach 800 on a scale ranging from 200 to 1,000.
Over the past few years, Board Goals resulted in a unified writing program across all schools, an increased number in advanced placement classes at the high schools, time for staff to review data and share ideas for continued improvement, user-friendly data systems that give teachers access to test scores and interactive technology in classrooms that increase student engagement.
Test scores used to calculate the API index were also released by the State. Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified students continue to sustain high levels and in many subject areas scores are all-time records.