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State superintendent reports disappointing Compton Unified District test scores

The majority of students in all grade levels in the district did not meet the standard

Smarter Balanced Assessment Test results for Compton Unified School District, abysmal; test scores among worst in state

Compton Herald | Compton Unified School District emblemSACRAMENTO — The online California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests in English language arts and mathematics, as reported by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, revealed disappointing 2017 scores for students in the Compton Unified School District.

The CUSD’s 23,000 students in grades 3-11 were measured by English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics Achievements Descriptors: Standard Exceeded, Standard Met, Standard Nearly Met, and Standard Not Met.

The majority of students in all grade levels in the district did not meet the standard. That is the focus of this report.

The following outlines each Descriptor for specific grade levels:

Standard Not Met Grade 6-11: The student has not met the achievement standard and needs substantial improvement to demonstrate the knowledge and skills in English language arts/literacy and mathematics needed for likely success in entry-level, credit-bearing college coursework after high school.

Standard Not Met Grade 3-5: The student has not met the achievement standard and needs substantial improvement to demonstrate the knowledge and skills in English language arts/literacy and mathematics needed for likely success in future coursework.

For grades 3-11 in English language arts/literacy, the following percentages are recorded as not meeting the state requirement:

Third grade: 40.9%; Fourth grade: 43.89 %; Fifth grade: 44.67%; Sixth grade: 41.73%; Seventh grade: 43.28%; Eighth grade: 41.77%; and 11th grade: 57.26%.

For grades 3-11 in mathematics, the following percentages are recorded as not meeting the state requirement:

Third grade: 29.69%; Fourth grade: 35.23%; Fifth grade: 53.78%; Sixth grade: 52.09%; Seventh grade: 55.57%; Eighth grade: 60.65%; and 11th grade: 83.68%.

The most striking revelation of the assessment report is that CUSD students in the 11th grade — one grade removed from high school graduation — were abysmally prepared in both English language arts/literacy, and mathematics — 57.26% and 83.68%, respectively.

Source: https://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

1 COMMENT
  • Malinda April 14, 2018

    As a teacher the push from administrators is for consistently test preparation. How about actually letting us teach. Also the district doesn’t retain student who do not meet state standards. I have 5th graders who comprehend at a 2nd or 3rd grade level! No wonder our scores are low.

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