State test results show consistent gains

State test results show consistent gains
This is the image for the news article titled State test results show consistent gainsMVWSD is showing steady and consistent gains in many areas of student academic performance, as shown in recent statewide test results from the 2017-18 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). MVWSD scores are rising in areas in which other surrounding districts are not, and rising at a higher rate than the average of statewide scores.

Highlights: Results since 2015
* MVWSD had higher increases in English language arts and math scores over four years than any neighboring district.
The District increased 8% over the last four years in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards districtwide in English language arts.
* The District increased 10% over the last four years in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards districtwide in math.

English language arts over 4 years
* Percentage point growth over four years from 2 to 28 percentage points: Castro (+28), Theuerkauf (+26), Monta Loma (+14), Landels (+12), Stevenson (+7), Bubb (+5), Crittenden (+5), Graham (+4), Huff (+2), and Mistral (+2).
* Socioeconomically disadvantaged students (SED) gained 9 percentage points.
* Special education students gained 7 percentage points.
* Hispanic/Latino students gained 10 percentage points.

Math over 4 years
* Percentage point growth over four years: Castro (+23), Theuerkauf (+23), Crittenden (+14), Landels (+11), Mistral (+9), Graham (+8), Monta Loma (+6), Stevenson (+6), Bubb (+2), Huff (+1).
* Socioeconomically disadvantaged students (SED) gained 9 percentage points. 
* Special education students gained of 10 percentage points.
* Hispanic/Latino students’ scores increased 11 percentage points.

This year ...
 * The District score increased 2% for a total of 68% of students meeting or exceeding standards districtwide in English language arts.
* The District gained 2% points for a total of 64% of students meeting or exceeding standards in math across the District.
*Theuerkauf, Monta Loma and Landels schools made substantial growth this year.
    -Theuerkauf students gained 13% in English language arts and 17% in math. Landels gained 10% in English language arts. Monta Loma gained 12% in English language arts.
* Hispanic/Latino students increased by 3% in math this year .
* Socioeconomically disadvantaged students (SED) gained 4% points in math this year
* English Learner students gained 4% in English language arts and 6% in math from last year.
* Special education students are showing a steady increase in scores. The group gained 2% in English language arts and 4% in math from last year.

How we made gains
* MVWSD has an intentional focus on collaboration and using data to drive instruction.
* The District will continue to provide professional development for curricula and has updated pacing guides to support teachers.
* All teachers continue to be trained in SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) to better support all students with a specific focus on English learners. 
* All elementary schools have implemented a Response to Instruction (RTI) program with additional teaching staff to meet the needs of all students, whether they need extra support or challenge. The middle schools are implementing their RTI programs this year.

Areas of focus and next steps
* Decrease in seventh grade math. Response to Instruction is in the middle schools now to support any gaps in middle school instruction. We’re adding a new elementary math coach to support schools with math score losses.
* Reclassified English Learners’ scores decreased 3% in English language arts and 2% in math. An RFEP goal has been added to schools’ site plans to monitor the progress of students. We are working on new middle school language arts curriculum pacing guides between both middle schools.
* Professional Development for teachers and administrators throughout the year.

Background
Each spring, California students participate in CAASPP that provides information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about grade-level progress and readiness for college and career.

In spring 2018, children in grades 3-8 took the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments or California Alternate Assessments for ELA (English/language arts/literacy) and mathematics. Students in grades 5 and 8 participated in the new California science field test. These CAASPP results will be included in the state’s new School Dashboard to be released sometime later this year.

Your child’s score report:
Your child’s score report has been sent home to you. To see how to read the report, there are videos here:
Understanding Student Score Reports - English


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