California students produce low scores in first round of Common Core tests

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I’m sure this means the schools need more money.
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Sacramento Bee: California released scores for new Common Core-based standardized tests today with performance as expected – much lower than in past years.
Most students in the Sacramento region and statewide failed to meet English or math standards under the more rigorous California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, which replaces the former STAR tests.
About 41 percent of Sacramento County students met or exceeded English-Language Arts standards, compared to 44 percent of students statewide. Roughly 33 percent of Sacramento County students met or exceeded math standards, similar to the statewide rate.
Education leaders warned that the new results cannot be compared to past performance given the dramatic difference in how Common Core-based testing is conducted. But under the old tests, 54 percent of Sacramento County students scored at or above proficient on English-Language Arts STAR tests in 2013 and about 59 percent of the county’s students scored at or above proficient on math STAR tests.
The math and English tests, administered to 3.2 million California students in third through eighth grades and 11th grade, will serve as a baseline to measure progress in future years and should not be compared to results from the state’s previous STAR tests, said state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson in a statement.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson

“California’s new standards and tests are challenging for schools to teach and for students to learn, so I am encouraged that many students are at or near achievement standards,” he said. “However, just as we expected, many students need to make more progress. Our job is to support students, teachers and schools as they do.”
Students in Placer and El Dorado counties fared better than those in Sacramento County, with a small majority meeting or exceeding English standards. None of the region’s four counties, which also includes Yolo, saw a majority of students meet math standards, though Placer and El Dorado students came close.
At the district level, Roseville Joint Union High School District posted the best English scores as 78 percent of its students met or exceeded standards. The lowest English scores were at the Robla Elementary School District, where 25 percent of students met English standards.
Sacramento-area school districts have been preparing parents for lower test scores for some time. San Juan Unified posted a letter to parents on its website and in a newsletter warning about lower test scores.
“Everybody from the school district to the state is trying to message that it will take some time,” said Kim Minugh, San Juan Unified spokeswoman. “We are asking a lot from our students that we haven’t in the past. The scores aren’t going to reflect that immediately. We do need some time.”
She said the district is using the data from the state assessment as well as its own tests to adjust instruction. “We need to do better and we think we already are starting that journey,” she said.
Other states also have experienced a significant performance decline in the first year of the new test. In 2013, the percentage of New York students that scored at a proficient level fell from 55 percent to 31 percent in English and language arts and from nearly 65 percent to 31 percent in math.
The potential for that kind of drop put parents and educators on edge. California education leaders have decided not to use this year’s test to determine each school’s Academic Performance Index, a compilation of student test scores that in past years allowed for school comparisons across the state.
Parents will see big differences when they get individual student scores in the coming weeks. Gone are the “advanced,” “proficient,” “basic,” “below basic” or “far below basic” performance levels of the previous Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) results for English and math. In their place are “standard not met,” “standard nearly met,” “standard met” and “standard exceeded.”
Eric Heins

Eric Heins

California Teachers Association President Eric Heins issued this statement today about the state’s release of student test scores from the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP):
“Educators and parents know that a statewide test score is just one component of measuring student progress. Any true assessment of student achievement always includes multiple measures, including classroom assignments and assessments by local teachers. 
Our students will always be more than a test score. We need to allow all students time for exploration, discovery and awe. We need to let them experience the wonder of learning. With the state’s school funding formula and more community control over targeting resources, students, parents, educators and administrators are working together in exciting ways. It’s a work in progress, but it’s also a work about real progress that’s being made by educators, parents and communities coming together to help all students fulfill their dreams.” 

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0 responses to “California students produce low scores in first round of Common Core tests

  1. In America, more money per pupil = less educated students.
    In other countries, less money per pupil = higher educated students.
    The last statistics I saw, which has been several years ago, Utah’s per student expense was the lowest of all fifty states, yet they had the highest test scores nation wide.
    WOW leftist, liberal, bleeding heart socialist, do think maybe it has something to do with personal and teacher responsiblity, and family and community attititudes, based on faith in something higher than mankind.
    PS: Yes I know Mormanism versus true Christianity has issues, but this is not a dicussion re religous tenets.

  2. They may be failures but their self esteem is probably at an all time high

  3. Hmmm,..
    I notice that, while there is a breakdown based on area, there is no breakdown based on any ‘racial’ demographic,

  4. Ah, Common Core… with it, Civics is no longer an 8th Grade subject and Reading now is.

  5. My fifteen year old grandson was on the A or B Honor Roll prior to Common Core. Now he struggles to get Cs. His father who has a strong math background, has trouble helping him with math. Billionaire Bill Gates, who was the driving force and money man behind Common Core, has two kids. They are both in private schools that don’t use Common Core. Maybe Bill Gates like Common Core because it will create a large pool of cheap labor!

  6. and the scores will continue to get lower….as planned…the dummification of America….

  7. We are not “dummifying” American school kids…they have BEEN THERE for a decade. This “Common Core” test or any other test doesn’t make any difference. The old Princeton tests were only a windfall-profit to the test-makers…all they had to do was make multiple-GUESS questions about any subject & state it in the NEGATIVE (teachers NEVER teach in the negative…) to make sure the kids were fair to-middling….and then change the test questions the next year to make sure that kids who DID progress…didn’t know what the NEW questions were asking in their ambiguous/multiple guess/negatively-stated- way…..Today, Our kids can’t write cursive (it is now a secret langauge that I —their teacher—-can write notes with and send on to other teachers or parents with the kid…and they don’t have a CLUE about what it says….I don’t even have to seal it or staple it shut if there is sensitive info contained therein…..)AND…they can’t write in print…each kid “REINVENTS” his/her own hen scratch print/cuneiform communication anew…and never improves…..EVEN if you CAN form a clear thought, who CARES if you can’t communicate it to others?
    They can’t write a coherent sentence let alone a 5-sentence paragraph…AND….do we EVEN have to talk about a 5-paragraph “essay” that draws upon sited-sources to back up the claims/statements in the “example” paragraphs that are supposed to support the topic sentence? They never do homework, and then, at the parent conferences for failing students, it’s ALL THE TEACHER’S FAULTS… many times have I read from our political yahoos running for office that “American Public Schools are Awful?” Well…in TRUTH…American Education is a 4-legged stool—-it is the responsibility of the STUDENT, the TEACHER, the PARENT/GUARDIAN, and the school ADMIN. IF—–for instance, one or more of those legs are missing….the STOOL FALLS OVER. DAH!

    • Your comments are greatly appreciated, and they are true. I particularly like the analogy of the four-legged stool! You are right on. I get the idea from Heins that it’s okay, they can just pass the kids onl–after all they have waves of children coming up thru the ranks to take their places. I doubt that there is much real concern over the failure of each student, except for the parents of that student . . . and the student themselves! Great post, please keep us up on this failure that is Common Core.

  8. The two CA administrators are smiling like they’ve done something so wonderful for the children. They think it’s great that the scores in 2013 were higher than they are after one year of Common Core – can you believe them! The education administrators are just as low intelligence as the students they’re creating to be just like them. What a laugh! I’m praying to God to protect all children and youth from adult low intelligence idiocy and that they can some day be shown what real intelligence is. God Bless America and her Children and Youth with Light, Love and Wisdom to see beyond the gross mass density of socialism/communism.


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