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Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

2019 Assessment Results

2019 Assessment Results

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019

Contact: Jessica Hull / Communications and Public Relations Officer / 831.784.4245 (o) or 209.679.4858 (c)

 

Monterey County Student Achievement Continues to Improve in Fifth Year of Testing

Bright Spots Highlight Success throughout County

 

Each year California students take the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CASSPP) summative assessments for English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics.

 

Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics tests consist of two parts: a computer adaptive assessment and a performance task. The computer adaptive assessment bases follow-up questions on a student’s answers in real time. If a student answers a question correctly, they get a more difficult question. If they answer incorrectly, they get an easier question. The performance task challenges students’ ability to apply their knowledge and skills to problems in a real-world setting. The two parts measure depth of understanding, writing, research, and problem-solving skills.

 

Scores on the Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics fall into one of four achievement levels: standard exceeded, standard met, standard nearly met, and standard not met. The state also computes the average scores of all tested students by grade level, called mean scale scores, which reflect the progress of all students rather than only those who changed achievement levels from one year to the next.

 

The results of the 2019 CAASPP tests show the percentage of Monterey County students meeting and exceeding standards increased by 7.5 percentage points in English Language Arts/Literacy and 7.4 in Mathematics since the new tests were first given in 2015.

 

Countywide, sixth grade showed the greatest increase over last year in student achievement in English Language Arts/Literacy (three [3.0] percentage points) and fourth grade showed the greatest increase in Mathematics (four point four [4.4] percentage points).

 

Overall scores slightly improved from 2018 and increases are seen in almost every grade level. Importantly, increases are seen across subdivisions or subgroups of students.

 

In English Language Arts/Literacy, 39.5 percent of Monterey County students met or exceeded standards, compared to 50.9 percent statewide, and 27.4 percent met or exceeded standards in Mathematics compared to 39.7 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.

 

When comparing Monterey County’s student performance to the overall performance of students throughout California, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Deneen Guss said, “Monterey County students are keeping pace with or exceeding the state improvement rates, but scores continue to be lower than state averages. While student achievement in Monterey County is headed in a positive direction, we have much more work to do across the county to see greater improvements from year to year. Our teachers and students are working strategically to overcome challenges and make the greater progress that will be essential for students to succeed in today’s world.”

 

California’s assessment system provides teachers, students, and parents with a more comprehensive profile of student achievement. The CAASPP Smarter Balanced and California Alternate Assessments can now be accessed through the CDE Public Reporting website. Visitors can 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.

 

BRIGHT SPOTS IN MONTEREY COUNTY

 

Throughout Monterey County, many schools and districts are seeing tremendous growth after intensive efforts to improve student performance.

 

Schools Showing the Greatest Growth in Meeting or Exceeding Standards

2018 to 2019 (one year growth listed in order of highest percentage of growth)

 

  • Portola-Butler Continuation High in South Monterey County Joint Union High School District grew 19.3 percentage points in ELA from 8.7 percent to 28.0 percent.
  • Graves Elementary School District grew 17.6 percentage points in ELA from 56.5 percent to 74.1 percent.
  • San Antonio Union Elementary School District grew 15.3 percentage points in ELA from 31.5 percent to 46.8 percent.
  • King City High in South Monterey County Joint Union High School District grew 13.4 percentage points in ELA from 58.2 percent to 71.6 percent.
  • Roosevelt Elementary in Salinas City Elementary School District grew 13.2 percentage points in Math from 13.1 percent to 26.3 percent.
  • Lincoln Elementary in Salinas City Elementary School District grew 13.1 percentage points in Math from 29.5 percent to 42.6 percent.
  • Lincoln Elementary in Salinas City Elementary School District grew 11.2 percentage points in ELA from 45.5 percent to 56.7 percent.
  • San Vicente Elementary in Soledad Unified School District grew 11 percentage points in Math from 22.3 percent to 33.3 percent.
  • Oasis Charter Public in Alisal Union School District grew 10.6 percentage points in ELA from 15.5 percent to 26.1 percent.
  • Graves Elementary School District grew 10.2 percentage points in Math from 56.5 percent to 66.7 percent.

 

Schools Showing the Greatest Growth in Meeting or Exceeding Standards

2015 to 2019 (four year growth listed in order of highest percentage of growth)

 

  • Big Sur Charter in Big Sur Unified School District grew 41.4 percentage points in Math from 20 percent to 61.4 percent.
  • Alisal Community in Alisal Union School District grew 34.9 percentage points in ELA from 15 percent to 49.9 percent.
  • Alisal Community in Alisal Union School District grew 27.8 percentage points in Math from 9 percent to 36.8 percent.
  • Lincoln Elementary in Salinas City Elementary School District grew 27.6 percentage points in Math from 15 percent to 42.6 percent.
  • Foothill Elementary in Monterey Peninsula Unified School District grew 27.6 percentage points in Math from 15 percent to 42.6 percent.
  • San Lucas Union Elementary School District grew 27.4 percentage points in ELA from 3 percent to 30.4 percent.
  • Lincoln Elementary in Salinas City Elementary School District grew 26.7 percentage points in ELA from 30 percent to 56.7 percent.
  • Graves Elementary School District grew 26.1 percentage points in ELA from 48 percent to 74.1 percent.
  • Cesar E. Chavez Elementary in Alisal Union School District grew 25.3 percentage points in ELA from 16 percent to 41.3 percent.
  • Jesse G. Sanchez Elementary in Alisal Union School District grew 24.5 percentage points in ELA from 9 percent to 33.5 percent.
  • Big Sur Charter in Big Sur Unified School District grew 23.4 percentage points in ELA from 49 percent to 72.4 percent.
  • Cesar E. Chavez Elementary in Alisal Union School District grew 22.7 percentage points in Math from 10 percent to 32.7 percent.
  • Portola-Butler Continuation High in South Monterey County Joint Union High School District grew 22 percentage points in ELA from 6 percent to 28 percent.
  • Roosevelt Elementary in Salinas City Elementary School District grew 21 percentage points in ELA from 13 percent to 34 percent.
  • La Gloria Elementary in Gonzales Unified School District grew 20.7 percentage points in Math from 14 percent to 34.7 percent.
  • La Gloria Elementary in Gonzales Unified School District grew 20.5 percentage points in ELA from 14 percent to 34.5 percent.
  • Oscar F. Loya Elementary in Alisal Union School District grew 20.1 percentage points in ELA from 19 percent to 39.1 percent.

 

School Districts Exceeding California’s Percentage

of Students Meeting or Exceeding Standards in 2018 (Listed in order of Highest Percentages)

(California: 50.9 percent in English Language Arts/Literacy and 39.7 percent in Mathematics)

 

  • Carmel Unified School District: 79.4 percent in English Language Arts/Literacy and 69.6 percent in Mathematics.
  • Pacific Grove Unified School District: 78.4 percent in English Language Arts/Literacy and 65.0 percent in Mathematics.
  • Graves Elementary School District: 74.0 percent in English Language Arts/Literacy and 66.7 percent in Mathematics.
  • Washington Union Elementary School District: 71.8 percent in English Language Arts/Literacy and 57.5 percent in Mathematics.
  • Lagunita Elementary School District: 67.7 percent in English Language Arts/Literacy and 47.7 percent in Mathematics.
  • Spreckels Union Elementary School District: 65.9 percent in English Language Arts/Literacy and 52.1 percent in Mathematics.
  • Chualar Union School District: 51.3 percent in English Language Arts/Literacy and 42.5 percent in Mathematics.

 

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

*YG - YEAR GROWTH

 

COUNTY

STATE

 

Grade

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

1 YG*

4 YG*

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

1 YG

4 YG

3

23

28

29.6

34.9

34.7

-0.2

11.7

38

43

43.9

48.2

48.5

0.3

10.5

4

26

29

32.7

35.9

38.3

2.4

12.3

40

44

45.1

48.7

49.5

0.8

9.5

5

33

36

33.9

38.5

40.0

1.5

7.0

44

49

46.6

49.4

51.7

2.3

7.7

6

30

35

35.8

36.1

39.1

3.0

9.1

42

48

47.0

47.8

48.5

0.7

6.5

7

32

35

36.6

38.0

39.2

1.2

7.2

44

48

49.4

50.2

51.4

1.2

7.4

8

37

38

36.3

36.9

38.4

1.5

1.4

45

48

48.6

49.1

49.4

0.3

4.4

11

48

54

53.2

49.2

47.7

-1.5

-0.3

56

59

59.8

56.0

57.3

1.3

1.3

Overall

32

36

36.4

38.3

39.5

1.2

7.5

44

49

48.3

49.9

50.9

1.0

6.9

 

 

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

 

COUNTY

STATE

 

Grade

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

1 YG

4 YG

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

1 YG

4 YG

3

25

31

33.9

37.3

38.9

1.6

13.9

40

46

46.8

48.9

50.2

1.3

10.2

4

19

23

25.8

27.5

31.9

4.4

12.9

35

38

40.5

42.9

44.9

2.0

9.9

5

19

21

21.7

24.3

25.8

1.5

6.8

30

33

33.8

36.0

38.0

2.0

8.0

6

19

21

21.6

22.5

25.4

2.9

6.4

33

35

36.5

37.5

38.5

1.0

5.5

7

21

23

23.5

23.7

24.7

1.0

3.7

34

36

36.9

37.3

37.8

0.5

3.8

8

23

23

23.9

23.9

24.1

0.2

1.1

33

36

36.3

36.9

36.6

-0.3

3.6

11

18

25

22.1

21.4

20.8

-0.6

2.8

29

33

32.1

31.4

32.2

0.8

3.2

Overall

21

24

24.7

25.8

27.4

1.6

6.4

33

37

37.6

38.7

39.7

1.0

6.7

 

 

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

 

COUNTY

Student Group

Demographic Name

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

1 Year Growth

4 Year Growth

All Students

All Students

32

36

36.4

38.3

39.5

1.2

7.5

Disability Status

Students with disability

7

9

7.9

8.7

9.9

1.2

2.9

Disability Status

Students with no reported disability

34

39

39.6

41.9

43.2

1.3

9.2

Economic Status

Economically disadvantaged

24

28

28.6

31.1

32.3

1.2

8.3

Economic Status

Not economically disadvantaged

57

61

59.8

59.7

60.3

0.6

3.3

English-Language Fluency

English learner

6

8

8.7

13.0

12.4

-0.6

6.4

English-Language Fluency

Reclassified fluent English proficient (RFEP)

44

48

49.5

50.1

51.1

1.0

7.1

English-Language Fluency

English only

47

51

50.2

51.8

52.6

0.8

5.6

English-Language Fluency

Initial fluent English proficient (IFEP)

60

68

68.8

68.3

70.0

1.7

10

Ethnicity

Hispanic or Latino

25

29

30.1

32.4

34.1

1.7

9.1

Ethnicity

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

35

44

45

40.7

36.6

-4.1

1.6

Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaska Native

38

43

25.8

38.0

37.9

0.0

-0.1

Ethnicity

Black or African American

32

36

34

37.1

40.3

3.2

8.3

Ethnicity

Two or more races

57

59

60.1

60.5

56.8

-3.7

-0.2

Ethnicity

Filipino

58

63

61.4

61.1

58.9

-2.2

0.9

Ethnicity

White

61

65

64

65.8

66.8

1.0

5.8

Ethnicity

Asian

61

65

65.2

68.2

67.2

-1.0

6.2

Gender

Male

27

31

31.3

32.9

34.3

1.4

7.3

Gender

Female

37

41

41.8

44

45.0

1.0

8.0

Homeless Status**

Homeless

 

 

 

 

25.4

 

 

Homeless Status**

Not Homeless

 

 

 

 

41.2

 

 

Migrant

Migrant education

16

19

21.3

21.6

23.9

2.3

7.9

 **First year Homeless Status reported.

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

COUNTY

Student Group

Demographic Name

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

1 Year Growth

4 Year Growth

All Students

All Students

20

24

24.7

25.8

27.4

1.6

7.4

Disability Status

Students with disability

5

6

5.7

5.5

6.3

0.8

1.3

Disability Status

Students with no reported disability

22

26

26.8

28.2

30.0

1.8

8.0

Economic Status

Economically disadvantaged

14

17

18

19.5

21.0

1.5

7.0

Economic Status

Not economically disadvantaged

41

45

44.6

44.2

45.8

1.6

4.8

English-Language Fluency

English learner

6

8

8.3

10.7

11.2

0.5

5.2

English-Language Fluency

Reclassified fluent English proficient (RFEP)

24

28

29

29.3

31.0

1.7

7.0

English-Language Fluency

English only

32

35

35.9

36.8

38.3

1.5

6.3

English-Language Fluency

Initial fluent English proficient (IFEP)

40

44

46.1

50.3

51.4

1.1

11.4

Ethnicity

Hispanic or Latino

15

18

18.9

20.2

22.2

2.0

7.2

Ethnicity

Black or African American

16

18

18.3

21.4

23.8

2.4

7.8

Ethnicity

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

24

27

31.8

24.3

29.1

4.8

5.1

Ethnicity

American Indian or Alaska Native

21

22

20

18.8

31.5

12.7

10.5

Ethnicity

Filipino

40

41

44

45.4

43.9

-1.5

3.9

Ethnicity

Two or more races

43

47

47.7

47.2

44.0

-3.2

1.0

Ethnicity

White

46

51

49.6

51.3

53.0

1.7

6.9

Ethnicity

Asian

53

57

56.9

62.6

63.5

0.9

10.5

Gender

Male

20

24

24.8

25.6

27.2

1.6

7.2

Gender

Female

21

24

24.5

26.0

27.6

1.6

6.6

Homeless Status**

Homeless

 

 

 

 

18.0

 

 

Homeless Status**

Not Homeless

 

 

 

 

28.5

 

 

**First year Homeless Status reported.

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