Ripon beats state aver­age ex­cept for 11th grade math in CAASPP tests

Ripon Bulletin - - Front Page - By DEN­NIS WY­ATT

The aver­age Man­teca Uni­fied stu­dent is lag­ging be­hind the aver­age Cal­i­for­nia stu­dent in meet­ing or ex­ceed­ing math, English, and lit­er­acy goals based on a statewide stan­dard test.

It is a dif­fer­ent story in the 3,100-stu­dent Ripon Uni­fied School Dis­trict. Test scores show that Ripon stu­dents — ex­cept for 11th grade math — eas­ily ex­ceeded the typ­i­cal Golden State stu­dent when it came to meet­ing or ex­ceed­ing state com­pre­hen­sion goals

The third year of Cal­i­for­nia As­sess­ment of Stu­dent Per­for­mance and Progress

for the 23,900-stu­dent Man­teca Uni­fied School Dis­trict shows across the board im­prove­ment in test­ing for English lan­guage arts and lit­er­acy pro­fi­ciency save for a slight dip at the fifth and 11 grade lev­els. All grade lev­els im­proved be­tween 2015 and 2016 with scores in 2017 all above the ini­tial test­ing year in 2015.

Over­all the per­cent­age of Man­teca Uni­fied stu­dents ex­ceed­ing or meet­ing the stan­dard was at 41 per­cent in 2016 for English and lit­er­acy pro­fi­ciency. That com­pares to 35 per­cent for 2014 and 39 per­cent for 2015.

It was a mixed bag for math. Man­teca Uni­fied stu­dents at the sixth and sev­enth grade showed im­prove­ment, eighth grade was un­changed, and slight de­clines were recorded at the third, fourth, fifth and 11th grades. Eighth grade stu­dents showed no change in test results in terms of the per­cent­age of stu­dents that met or ex­ceeded stan­dards. Over­all the per­cent­age of Man­teca Uni­fied stu­dents ex­ceed­ing or meet­ing the stan­dard was at 25 per­cent in 2016 for math. That com­pares to 24 per­cent for 2014 and 25 per­cent for 2015.

“MUSD is com­mit­ted to the de­vel­op­ment of each and ev­ery stu­dent,” said Man­teca Uni­fied Deputy Su­per­in­ten­dent Roger Goac­ther said in a state­ment. “The new state as­sess­ment is an­other tool for our dis­trict to use with stu­dents and teach­ers to help move all our stu­dents to be­com­ing ca­reer and col­lege ready. I am pleased with our over­all growth trend in English Lan­guage Arts and look for­ward to an in-depth ex­plo­ration of how our Math scores show more lim­ited change. We look for even bet­ter results for this school year. The daily ef­forts of our ded­i­cated teach­ers and the sup­port from our fam­i­lies pro­vide the ba­sis for our stu­dents to demon­strate pos­i­tive gains in the early years of the new as­sess­ment sys­tem.”

Some 12,474 Man­teca Uni­fied stu­dents at the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, sev­enth, eighth, and 11th grade lev­els took the test in the spring. That rep­re­sents just over 98 per­cent of the el­i­gi­ble stu­dents.

The CAASPP test­ing — now with three years com­pleted — is a ma­jor de­par­ture from STAR (Stan­dard Test­ing and Re­port­ing) that the state had used to measure the per­for­mance of schools and stu­dents.

They are taken on com­put­ers. That al­lows the gen­er­a­tion of in­di­vid­ual results that show what each stu­dent needs to work on as well as how well they grasp sub­jects. The in­for­ma­tion is shared with par­ents on how well their child per­formed. Teach­ers then use the in­di­vid­ual results to help fine tune teach­ing strate­gies for each stu­dent.

Those who are look­ing for a rank­ing based on per­cent­age or per­centile to com­pare schools and school dis­tricts will be dis­ap­pointed with CAASPP test results. That’s be­cause they are cen­tered on com­par­ing in­di­vid­u­als and not schools when it comes to judg­ing per­for­mance and how well stan­dards are be­ing met.

There are four broad groups in the re­port­ing data — those stu­dents that ex­ceed the stan­dard, those that met the stan­dard, and those that nearly met the stan­dard, and stan­dard not met.

On the STAR tests per­cent­ages were gen­er­ated for spe­cific per­centile rank­ings of schools.

Ripon Uni­fied, for ex­am­ple, that un­der STAR tests was con­sis­tently in the 80 and 90 rank­ings also is among the top per­form­ing school dis­tricts in the CAASPP tests.

But if you look at the results in terms of the num­bers you may not think that is the case.

Ripon Uni­fied, as an ex­am­ple, over­all has 54 per­cent of its stu­dents that met or ex­ceed stan­dards in English lan­guage arts/lit­er­acy and 41 per­cent for math in the CAASPP test results. Statewide, the per­cent­age of stu­dents that met or ex­ceeded stan­dards in English arts was 60 per­cent and in math 45 per­cent. The num­bers for Man­teca Uni­fied are 41 per­cent for English and 25 per­cent for math.

Un­der the old STAR test peo­ple were used to see­ing num­bers in the 80s and 90s and of­ten er­ro­neously equated those num­bers to scor­ing ranges that gen­er­ally as­sign let­ter grades such as “A”, “B”, “C”, and “D” to stu­dent per­for­mances.

Ed­u­ca­tors in both the Man­teca and Ripon dis­tricts stress that the test results are just one measure they use to de­ter­mine how well stu­dents are learn­ing.

CAASPP in­cludes Smarter Bal­anced com­puter-adap­tive tests that pro­vide “ap­pro­pri­ately chal­leng­ing ques­tions” based upon in­di­vid­ual stu­dent abil­ity mak­ing them more pre­cise and bet­ter able to pro­vide di­ag­nos­tic in­for­ma­tion about stu­dent learn­ing. The tests are based on Cal­i­for­nia’s chal­leng­ing aca­demic stan­dards, re­quir­ing stu­dents to write clearly, think crit­i­cally, and solve prob­lems — the skills needed to be suc­cess­ful in col­lege and 21st cen­tury ca­reers.

A comparison of the per­cent­age of over­all stu­dents at var­i­ous that have met or ex­ceeded stan­dards in math for Cal­i­for­nia, Man­teca Uni­fied, and Ripon Uni­fied are as fol­lows:

►Third grade: State 46%, Man­teca 32%, Ripon 58%

►Fo►rth grade: State 38%, Man­teca 23%, Ripon 42%

►Fifth grade: State 33%, Man­teca 17%, Ripon 47%

►Sixth grade: State 35%, Man­teca 27%, Ripon 40%

►Sev­enth grade: State 36%, Man­teca 27%, Ripon 48%

►Eighth grade: State 36%, Man­teca 28%, Ripon 55%

►11th grade: State 37%, Man­teca 19%, Ripon 29%

►Over­all: State 37%, Man­teca 25%, Ripon 46%

A comparison of the per­cent­age of over­all stu­dents at var­i­ous that have met or ex­ceeded stan­dards in English lan­guage arts/lit­er­acy for Cal­i­for­nia, Man­teca Uni­fied, and Ripon Uni­fied are as fol­lows:

►Third grade: State 43%, Man­teca 37%, Ripon 57%

►Fo►rth grade: State 44%, Man­teca 34%, Ripon 64%

►Fifth grade: State 49%, Man­teca 39%, Ripon 62%

►Sixth grade: State 48%, Man­teca 41%, Ripon 54%

►Sev­enth grade: State 48%, Man­teca 42%, Ripon 61%

►Eighth grade: State 48%, Man­teca 51%, Ripon 60%

►11th grade: State 59%, Man­teca 53%, Ripon 60%

►Over­all: State 49%, Man­teca 41%, Ripon 60%

HIME ROMERO/Bul­letin file photo

Colony Oak School eighth graders are shown pre­par­ing for pro­mo­tion ex­er­cises in May.

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