LAUSD, which is California’s largest school district and the nation’s second largest, once again demonstrated statewide standardized test scores lower than California’s averages. Despite evidence of some growth, this year’s achievements still indicate a serious gap between students of different ethnic groups.
This is the second year that the scores of California’s newly revamped tests, officially known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, have been released to the public. Across the state, 48 percent of students met English/Language Arts standards and 37 percent met Math standards, which showed slight improvements when compared to the 44 percent in English and 34 percent in math last year.
Although there is improvement over last year’s scores, these results mean that more than half of the students in each subject fell short of grade level standards.
Further, only 18 percent of African American students reached math goals this year and, although this showed a two percent improvement from last year, is still way behind the 67 percent of Asian students and 53 percent of Caucasian students who reached the same standards. Also, Latino students showed gains of five points in reaching their English goals, but at 37 percent was still considerably less than the 73 percent of Asian students who did.
Questions were based on the new Common Core standards, and are more difficult than those on California’s previous tests. Additionally the 3.2 million public school students, who are all in grades 3 to 8 or 11th grade, took the exam on computers for the very first time. Taking all of this into consideration, it makes perfect sense to our credentialed math tutors that many officials said they were prepared for the low score results.
Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said, “The results show our starting point. They are a window into where California students are in meeting tougher academic standards that emphasize critical thinking, problem solving and analytical writing.”
The standards being measured by the tests represent the knowledge and skills a child needs in order to be prepared for college or career after high school. 42 states across the country have adopted the Common Core, or their own slightly different versions of the standards.
It comes as no surprise to our private tutoring service staff members that in the second year of the tests, once the students were used to the format and technology and teachers were more comfortable with learning standards, scores went up. The question now is whether the scores will continue to increase, and whether or not the students that are falling way behind their peers will be able to catch up.
California’s State Board of Education recognizes that test scores aren’t a definitive measure of school performance. As details of a new rating system are being finalized, it’s clear that test scores will be just one factor in determining a good school, along with elements such as attendance and graduation rates.
Our private tutors in San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Orange County and Alameda County are committed to raising the statewide test scores. Call us today at 1-877-347-3224 if your child is having trouble with math, reading, writing, or any other subject.