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Antelope Valley students overall scored below their counterparts statewide on English language arts/literacy and mathematics standard, according to results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress summative assessments, released Wednesday by the California Department of Education.

An estimated 44,414 Valley students in third through eighth and 11th grades took the computer-based English language arts/literacy and math assessments last spring. Of those, approximately 35.48% met or exceeded English language arts/literacy standards. That is well below the statewide average where 50.87% of students met or exceeded the standard.

In mathematics, approximately 20.17% of the estimated 44,410 Valley students who took the math assessments met or exceeded the standard. Statewide, 39.73% of students met or exceeded the standard.

In the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District, 53.53% of students met or exceeded the English language arts/literacy standard, and 36.42% met or exceeded the math standard.

In the Antelope Valley Union High School District, 38.62% of students met or exceeded the standard for English language arts/literacy, and 12.37% met or exceeded the standard for mathematics. The data represents a slight drop from last year’s numbers.

“The Antelope Valley Union High School District’s mission and vision is to prepare students for success in both college and career upon graduation,” Greg Nehen, assistant superintendent Educational Services said in a statement. “As a District we place a high value on student achievement. In doing so, we offer our students multiple opportunities to demonstrate proficiency in the areas of college and career readiness.

“With the broad variety of assessments our students take, staff at the District and site levels thoroughly analyze the data to determine the effectiveness of not only our instruction, but also the supplemental supports and programs we provide. Now that we have last spring’s CAASPP scores, we will begin to use the results to impact our work in improving these scores, while continuing to fulfill our mission of graduating students prepared for both college and career.”

SOAR High School was a high point for the District; 92% of last year’s juniors there met or exceeded the standard for English language arts/literacy, and 67% of juniors met of exceeded the standard for math.

The District’s seventh and eighth grade students who attend Knight, Palmdale, and SOAR Academy Prep junior high schools scored higher than the overall District average.

Of the 229 seventh graders who took the English language arts/literacy assessment last spring, 47.16% met or exceeded the standard, and 27.07% met or exceeded the math standard. For eighth graders, 49.40% met or exceeded the English language arts/literacy standard, and 21.605 met or exceeded the math standard.

In Eastside Union School District, 27.23% of students in third through eighth grades met or exceeded the English language arts/literacy standard, and 15.32% met or exceeded the math standard.

Those numbers are an improvement over the District’s 2017-18 scores, where 24.73% of students met or exceeded English language arts/literacy standard and 13.65% met or exceeded the math standard.

In the Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union Elementary School District, 57.84% of students in third through eighth grade met or exceeded the English language arts/literacy standard and 36.27 % met or exceeded the math standard.

In Keppel Union School District, 32.86% of students in third through eighth grade met or exceeded the state English language arts/literacy standard and 22.96% met or exceeded the math standard.

Approximately 32.01% of Lancaster School District students in third through eighth grade met or exceeded the English language arts/literacy standard, and 18.03% met or exceeded the math standard.

Bart Hoffman, Lancaster School District’s assistant superintendent of Educational Services, noted in an email that the District held steady from last year its overall met and exceeded scores.

“We were pleased to see more student groups improving in math from the prior year at the met/exceeds level while reducing the percentage of student groups in the not met level,” Hoffman wrote. “All staff remain fully committed to providing options and excellence to all of our students by working hard to expand programs, services, and supports for continuous improvement along with positive educational experiences and outcomes.”

In Palmdale School District, 31.30% of students in third through eighth grades met or exceeded the English language arts/literacy standard and 20.30% met or exceeded the math standard.

In Mojave Unified School District, 25.83% of students met or exceeded the English language arts/literacy standard and 13.76% met or exceeded the math standard.

Muroc Joint Unified School District had 48.23% of students in third through eighth grades, and 11th grade, meet or exceed the English language arts/literacy standard, while 34.91% met or exceeded the math standard.

In Southern Kern Unified School District, 32.61% of students in third through eighth grades, and 11th grade, met or exceeded the English language arts/literacy standard and 17.68% met or exceeded the math standard.

Westside Union School District saw 49.22% of its students in third through eighth grade meet or exceed the English language arts/literacy standard, and 33.97% meet or exceeded the math standard.

Wilsona School District had 26,72% of students in third through eighth grades meet or exceed the English language arts/literacy standard, and 15.39% meet or exceed the math standard.

Looking at some of the Valley’s charter schools, Desert Sands Charter had 42.86% of its 11th graders meet or exceed the state English language arts/literacy standard and, 3.11% meet or exceed the math standard.

At iLEAD Lancaster Charter School, 21.95% of students in third through eighth grades met or exceeded the state English language arts/literacy standard, and 11.29% met or exceeded the math standard.

At Life Source International Charter School, 29.19% of students in third through eighth grades met or exceeded the state English language arts/literacy standard and, 13.98% met or exceeded the math standard.

At The Palmdale Aerospace Academy 44.86% of students in sixth, seventh, eighth and 11th grade met or exceeded the state English language arts/literacy standard, and 24.40% met or exceeded the math standard.

The CAASPP Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics results are the basis for the academic indicator, and the Summative ELPAC contributes to the English Learner Progress indicator of the California School Dashboard.

According to State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond, the test results are only one measurement out of many that the state uses to evaluate schools on the California School Dashboard, which allows educators and parents to identify strengths and weaknesses. Schools and districts that are struggling across Dashboard indicators are flagged for state assistance.

Smarter Balanced English language arts and mathematics tests consist of two parts: a computer adaptive assessment and a performance task. The computer adaptive assessment bases follow-up questions on a student’s answers in real time. If a student answers a question correctly, they get a more difficult question. If they answer incorrectly, they get an easier question.

The performance task challenges students’ ability to apply their knowledge and skills to problems in a real-world setting. The two parts measure depth of understanding, writing, research, and problem-solving skills.

Scores on the Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics fall into one of four achievement levels: standard exceeded, standard met, standard nearly met, and standard not met. The state also computes the average scores of all tested students by grade level, called mean scale scores, which reflect the progress of all students rather than only those who changed achievement levels from one year to the next.



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