State test scores improve for students in Contra Costa County

State standardized test results for students in Contra Costa County show increases in both math and English Language Arts (ELA), according to the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) results released by the California Department of Education. This year marks the second administration of the statewide assessment, replacing the previous Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) system with a more rigorous, college-ready focus.

In an effort to reach modern learning goals, CAASPP replaces traditional pencil-and-paper testing with computer-based assessments, which provide a broader picture of students’ theoretical knowledge and critical thinking skills.

The number of students in Contra Costa County public schools who met or exceeded state standards increased by 2 percent in Mathematics, up from 43 percent, and 3 percent in ELA, up from 52 percent. In each grade level tested, 3rd-8th and 11th, scores improved by at least one percent in both subject areas. These results placed Contra Costa students above statewide averages in overall math and ELA (statewide averages at 37 percent and 49 percent respectively) as well as in each of the seven sub-categories.

“We are excited to see that our students continue to improve on the new CAASPP assessment,” said Karen Sakata, Contra Costa County Superintendent of Schools. “Teachers and administrators in our schools work hard every day to help their students meet and exceed these new standards.”

The CAASPP system is based on a model of growth that allows the California Department of Education to track student progress through grade levels. Individual student reports, which are being mailed to families, detail student performance in Math and English Language Arts (ELA), both of which are further broken down into sub-categories for specific performance analysis – an invaluable resource for both teachers and parents. Results are grouped into four categories based on achievement – Standard Not Met, Standard Nearly Met, Standard Met and Standard Exceeded – which can then be compared to school, district, county and state averages.

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