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Solana Beach district students surpass county, state on tests

Solana Beach School District
Solana Beach School District
(Kristina Houck)

Solana Beach School District students outperformed students in San Diego County and the state of California on the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), the comprehensive, end-of-year assessments that align with the new Common Core State Standards.

As part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) system, the new assessments replaced the paper-based Standardized Testing and Reporting system (STAR). The SBAC covers English language arts (ELA) and mathematics, measuring grade-level learning through a computer-adaptive test and a performance task for students in third through eighth grades and 11th grade.

“Our numbers are actually double that of the state averages,” said Sabrina Lee, the district’s assistant superintendent of instructional services, at the Nov. 12 board meeting. Of the elementary school district’s 1,853 students in third through sixth grades, 1,816 students were tested last spring.

In ELA, 82 percent of district students met or exceeded standards, compared with 51 percent in the county and 44 percent in the state. At the third-grade level, 84 percent of district students met or exceeded standards, where only 46 percent of third-graders in the county and 38 percent of third-graders in the state met or exceeded ELA standards. Of those, 57 percent of district third-graders exceeded ELA standards, compared with only 18 percent statewide.

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In mathematics, 75 percent of district students met or exceeded standards, compared with 40 percent on the county and 33 percent in the state. At the third-grade level, 84 percent of district students met or exceeded standards, where only 47 percent of third-graders in the county and 40 percent of third-graders in the state met or exceeded math standards. Of those, 47 percent of district third-graders exceeded math standards, compared with only 14 percent statewide. “We are pretty consistent across the board in all of our grade levels — three, four, five and six,” Lee said. “All grade levels are performing very well.”

In addition to surpassing students in the county and state, locally, Solana Beach district students outperformed Cardiff Elementary District, Encinitas Union Elementary District and Rancho Santa Fe Elementary District students in English language arts. Solana Beach students also outperformed Cardiff and Encinitas students in math. Only Del Mar Union Elementary District students surpassed Solana Beach students in both subjects. District staff also looked closely at scores from students with limited English proficiency, economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities. Of the test takers, 126, or 7 percent, were English language learners; 177, or 10 percent, were economically disadvantaged; and 223, or 12 percent, were students with disabilities.

Although these students also outperformed students in the county and state, board members and district staff said they want to work toward increased scores, particularly with English learners. In ELA, 20 percent of the district’s English learners met or exceeded standards, compared with 15 percent in the county and 11 percent in the state. Forty-three percent of economically disadvantaged students met or exceeded standards, compared with 36 percent in the county and 31 percent in the state. Finally, 48 percent of students with disabilities met or exceeded standards, compared with 17 percent in the county and 12 percent in the state.

In mathematics, 34 percent of the district’s English learners met or exceeded standards, compared with 13 percent in the county and 11 percent in the state. Thirty-five percent of economically disadvantaged students met or exceeded standards, compared with 24 percent in the county and 21 percent in the state. Finally, 38 percent of students with disabilities met or exceeded standards, compared with 13 percent in the county and 9 percent in the state. “For those students who are English learners, they’re acquiring a new language while learning and acquiring the content,” reminded Lee. “This is a baseline year of data for us,” she added in reference to all grade level scores. “This is a new test. As we move forward, hopefully, our scores will continue to increase over time.”

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