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Monterey County Office of Education

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Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools

Monterey County 2018 CAASPP Scores Show Continued Growth

Monterey County 2018 CAASPP Scores Show Continued Growth

Tuesday, Oct 2, 2018

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 Fourth Year of Testing

Bright Spots Highlight Success throughout County

Salinas, Calif. – Fourth year results from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) were released today by the California Department of Education.

California is leading the nation in developing a system for evaluating schools and districts that includes multiple measures of student success and focuses on the importance of growth and continuous improvement. The results of the 2018 CAASPP tests show Monterey County students’ scores increased by six percentage points both in English Language Arts / Literacy and Mathematics since 2015 when the new tests were first given. These computer-based tests are based on California’s challenging academic standards. Students are required to write clearly, think critically and solve complex problems, as they will need to do in college and careers.

Countywide, third and fourth-graders are showing the greatest growth in student achievement, with third graders growing 12 percent in both English Language Arts / Literacy and Mathematics, and fourth graders growing nine percent in English Language Arts / Literacy and eight percent in Mathematics. Success in third and fourth grade is important as this period is the time that students move from learning to read to reading to learn.

Overall, scores slightly improved from 2017. Growth is being seen in almost every grade level and subgroup over the four years of testing. In English Language Arts / Literacy, 38 percent of Monterey County students met or exceeded standards, compared to 50 percent statewide, and 26 percent met or exceeded standards in Mathematics compared to 39 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, Nancy Kotowski, Ph.D., said, “Monterey County students are keeping pace with or exceeding the state improvement rates, but scores continue to be lower than state averages. Student achievement in Monterey County is headed in the right direction. Our teachers and students are working strategically to overcome challenges and make greater progress that is essential for students to succeed in today’s world.”

This new assessment system provides teachers, students, and parents with a more comprehensive profile of student achievement. This December, an improved California School Dashboard will be available Online. This easy-to-use tool allows visitors to access a more complete picture of a school’s progress through a set of indicators, rather than just one test score. In addition to test scores, the indicators include high school graduation rates, career and college readiness, English Learner progress and suspension rates.

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
2017 to 2018, One Year Growth
School/DistrictSubjectGrowth
(Percentage Points)
2017 Scores2018 Scores
San Lucas Union School DistrictEnglish Language Arts / Literacy+2623%49%
Marina High School
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1349%62%
Mathematics+1424%38%
George C. Marshall Elementary School
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1048%58%
Mathematics+1240%52%
La Mesa Elementary School
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
Mathematics+1253%65%
Captain Cooper Elementary School
Carmel Unified School District
Mathematics+1226%38%
Lagunita Elementary School DistrictEnglish Language Arts / Literacy+1154%65%
New Republic Elementary School
Santa Rita Union School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1137%48%
John E. Steinbeck Elementary School
Alisal Union School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1136%47%
Roosevelt Elementary
Salinas City Elementary School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1116%27%
San Ardo Union School DistrictEnglish Language Arts / Literacy+1111%22%
Monte Bella Elementary School
Alisal Union School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1028%38%
Highland Elementary School
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1019%29%
Schools Showing the Greatest Growth in Meeting or Exceeding Standards
2016 to 2018, Three Year Growth
School/DistrictSubjectGrowth
(Percentage Points)
2016 Scores2018 Scores
George C. Marshall Elementary School
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+2038%58%
Mathematics+1141%52%
Monte Bella Elementary School
Alisal Union School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1919%38%
Mathematics+1412%26%
Mission Union School DistrictMathematics+1918%37%
San Lucas Union School DistrictEnglish Language Arts / Literacy+1831%49%
Robert Down Elementary School
Pacific Grove Unified School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1371%84%
Mathematics+1762%79%
Natividad Elementary School
Salinas City Elementary School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1613%29%
Mathematics+1010%20%
New Republic Elementary School
Santa Rita Union School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1533%48%
Mathematics+1127%38%
Jesse G. Sanchez Elementary School
Alisal Union School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1515%30%
Marina High School
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
Mathematics+1523%38%
Roosevelt Elementary School
Salinas City Elementary School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1512%27%
Monterey High School
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1451%65%
El Sausal Middle School
Salinas Union High School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1421%35%
Alisal Community School
Alisal Union School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1330%43%
Mathematics+1220%32%
Monterey Park Elementary School
Salinas City Elementary School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1021%31%
Mathematics+1211%23%
Cesar Chavez Elementary School
Alisal Union School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1222%34%
Santa Rita Elementary School
Santa Rita Union School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1213%25%
Lincoln Elementary School
Salinas City Elementary School District
Mathematics+1118%29%
Bardin Elementary School
Alisal Union School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1117%28%
Ord Terrace Elementary School
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
Mathematics+1114%25%
El Gabilan Elementary School
Salinas City Elementary School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1113%24%
La Mesa Elementary School
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District
English Language Arts/Literacy+1052%62%
Mathematics+1055%65%
Pacific Grove Middle School
Pacific Grove Unified School District
Mathematics+1054%64%
Salinas City Elementary School DistrictEnglish Language Arts / Literacy+1021%31%
Sherwood Elementary School
Salinas City Elementary School District
Mathematics+1011%21%
El Puente School
Salinas Union High School District
English Language Arts / Literacy+1012%22%
School Districts Exceeding California’s Percentage
of Students Meeting or Exceeding Standards in 2018
California: 50 percent in English Language Arts / Literacy and 39 percent in Mathematics
School DistrictEnglish Language Arts / Literacy ScoresMathematics Scores
Carmel Unified School District81%68%
Pacific Grove Unified School District77%66%
Washington Union School District74%62%
Lagunita Elementary School District65%49%
Spreckels Union School District61%50%
Graves Elementary School District57%57%

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