CVUSD Students Outperform County & Statewide Achievement Levels in 2019 CAASPP Test Results
Thousand Oaks, Calif., October 9, 2019 – The results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests, which were completed by students in grades 3-8 and 11 last spring, were released today by the California Department of Education. This is the fifth year students across the state, including Conejo Valley Unified School District, completed the test. CAASPP is a computer based test, which asks students to write clearly, think critically, and solve complex problems to gauge students’ progress in learning California’s academic standards.
CAASPP evaluates student progress on the California standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy. Students’ scores fall into one of four achievement levels: standard exceeded, standard met, standard nearly met, and standard not met.
The 2019 CAASPP results show 66.4% of CVUSD students met or exceeded the standard for ELA and 57.5% met or exceeded the standard for math. In 2018, 63.28% of CVUSD students met or exceeded the standard for ELA – showing an overall growth of 3.12% of students performing at the highest level. There was a 0.37% gain in the district’s CAASPP math scores meeting or exceeding the standard from 57.13% in 2018 to 57.5% in 2019.
Statewide 50.87% and countywide 48.18% of students met or exceeded the standard in the English language arts/literacy component of the 2019 CAASPP. Overall, 18.22% more of CVUSD’s students met or exceeded the standard in CAASPP ELA scores when compared to students from all of Ventura County. While 39.73% of California students statewide and 36.88% of Ventura County students met or exceeded the standard in the math component of the 2019 CAASPP. Overall 20.62% more of CVUSD’s students met or exceeded the standard in CAASPP math scores when compared to students from all of Ventura County.
“We are incredibly proud of our students for their achievement levels in this year’s CAASPP, a success that would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of our teachers, administrators and school site staff,” said Lou Lichtl, CVUSD’s Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services. “We will continue to dig into the CAASPP results, as we remain focused on eliminating achievement gaps by putting early intervention practices in place to best target the learning needs, and goals of all of the diverse learners we serve.”
CVUSD’s outlined Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2019-2020 school year includes a focus on eliminating achievement gaps and providing systems of support – particularly among students who receive English language development services, special education services and those whose families face socio-economic barriers.
It is important to note that CAASPP test results are only one measurement out of many that the state and district uses to evaluate achievement levels of schools and students. Another key focus area of CVUSD’s 2019-2020 LCAP is to continue to enhance the social and emotional well-being of the students it serves.
The CAASPP Smarter Balanced and California Alternate Assessments for ELA and mathematics can now be accessed through the CDE Public Reporting website. Explore the enhanced features such as easy-to-read tables and graphs illustrating various aggregate assessment results, improved filters for student groups as well as school type, and statewide performance trend reports to support critical work in identifying and narrowing achievement gaps.