Fullerton School District 2016 CAASPP Results

Fullerton School District
2016 CAASPP Results

“You are the one that made me a better reader,” a young girl wrote in a letter to her reading coach. “You are the one I counted on and you didn’t fail,” wrote a fifth grade student to his reading coach.

It’s statements like this, heard District-wide, that warms hearts and puts smiles on the faces of students, parents, and Fullerton School District staff. These comments reinforce the 2016 CAASPP test results for the Fullerton School District (FSD).

In the Spring 2016, over 9,000 FSD 3rd – 8th grade students participated in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). Overall, FSD showed gains in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding State standards for all grade levels in both ELA and Math.

In English Language Arts/Literacy, FSD students showed a four-percentage point gain from the previous year, with 56% of all FSD students meeting or exceeding State standards. These scores placed FSD seven percentage points higher than the California (49%) average.

Math scores for all FSD students, at-risk through advanced students, scored above both the State and Orange County average. FSD scored 13 percentage points higher than the State (37%) and two percentage points higher than the County (48%), with 50% of all FSD students met or exceeded State standards, a three percent gain from the previous year. FSD has an additional focus on math this year, including the adoption of new math textbooks and curriculum this last year and providing additional resources to close the achievement gap for our low socioeconomic students.

The focused resources have paid off as FSD grew at a rate 2.5 times faster than the county for this area. FSD has also added special personalized learning math programs at all our schools including advanced math classes and an enrichment program that supports mathematical thinking such as coding and robotics. This summer FSD offered a coding camp for elementary and junior high school students. FSD is also offering advanced junior high school students a college-level coding class in which they earn college credits. The combination of advanced math classes, new math curriculum that aligns to California State Standards, extra support for at-risk students, and enrichment in mathematical thinking classes such as coding and robotics, has contributed to a strong math program in FSD.

Ninety percent of all FSD schools made gains in Math, with double-digit gains at Richman School (+15 percentage points) and Raymond School (+13 percentage points). In ELA, 80% of all FSD schools made gains from the previous year with double-digit gains at Rolling Hills (+16 percentage points), Orangethorpe (+11 percentage points), and Raymond (+11 percentage points). With the implementation of our Dual Immersion program at Raymond School this year, we are anticipating continued strong growth in coming years. From 2015 to 2016, FSD’s English Learner subgroup grew five percentage points in ELA, more than the County (+2) and the State (+2). Our socio-economically disadvantaged students increased four percentage points in math, while Orange County grew three percentage points and California grew two percentage points.

Special recognition to Robert C. Fisler School, which ranked in the top 5% of all schools in Orange County in both ELA and Math, while Acacia and Laguna Road Schools ranked in the top 10% of all Orange County schools in ELA and Math. Ten FSD Schools – Acacia, Richman, Raymond, Rolling Hills, Orangethorpe, Maple, Hermosa, Pacific Drive, Valencia Park, and Commonwealth – showed outstanding growth last year along with three other notable schools (Beechwood, Sunset Lane, and Parks) that continue to achieve high marks in the areas of student achievement on State testing in both the State and Orange County.

The growth in both ELA and Math is an ongoing upward trend of FSD. Focused resources on our Reading Clinics, small groups of students working closely with a specially trained Response to Intervention (RtI) teacher, have allowed students to overcome some basic reading struggles. This approach has been effective in closing the achievement gap and making a difference for emerging readers. As a result of the Reading Clinics, students who were more than two years below reading level have advanced to their grade level at a faster rate than the county average.

The multi-faceted approach of FSD has resulted in English learner students progressing at a rate twice that of the county. FSD is committed to innovative and personalized learning to further advance the skills of our students and strengthen their knowledge base.