SCUSD students continue to make gains on statewide tests

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Sacramento City Unified School District students showed progress in mastering the challenging Common Core State Standards last year, according to statewide testing results released last week.

Student scores in English language arts improved 4 percent over the previous year — from 35 percent of students meeting or exceeding standards to 39 percent. Scores in math rose 2 percent from 29 percent to 31 percent.

“Our progress on state tests shows that the persistence and hard work of our teachers and students is paying off,” said Superintendent José L. Banda. “There is more work to be done as we struggle to close pernicious achievement gaps between student subgroups. But these results show that we are on the right track.”

Last spring, all students in grades 3-8 and 11 participated in the online Smarter Balanced Assessments tied to the Common Core State Standards, which are rigorous and require students to use technology, think critically, write analytically and solve complex math problems.

Student performance is reported across four achievement levels: Standard Exceeded, Standard Met, Standard Nearly Met and Standard Not Met.

For the 2016-17 school year, which begins next Thursday, SCUSD is implementing weekly teacher collaborative time to give educators an opportunity to get together and plan lessons, share ideas and improve instruction. Research shows that teachers working collaboratively can make a positive impact on student academic achievement.

“We believe dedicated collaborative time will help boost student performance and continue our work with the Common Core,” Banda said.

State PTA has a bevy of parent-friendly information about standardized testing on its website. Click here to learn how to read student score reports and more.