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California Smarter Balanced Assessments Results: Spring 2015

By Theresa Harrington and Sarah Tully. Database by John C. Osborn and Matt Levin

As part of the implementation of the Common Core State Standards that emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical thinking, California along with many other states joined the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The consortium created a series of tests to measure how well students are mastering the new standards.

In the spring of 2015, more than 3 million students in grades 3-8 and 11, for the first time, took a full set of assessments, or tests, in English language arts/literacy and math aligned with the Common Core.

The state publicly released the first results from the Smarter Balanced assessments on September 9, 2015. They form part of what the state calls the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP.

Student scores are categorized by four “achievement levels” that indicate whether a student has exceeded the standard, met the standard, nearly met the standard, or did not meet the standard at different grade levels. According to state education officials, the 2015 scores set a baseline to measure how well students progress in the future. Officials warn against comparing the results from previous assessments administered under the state’s very different Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program.

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California

Data may not round up to 100% due to rounding.

Overall Test Results

Subject Standard Not Met Standard Nearly Standard Met Standard Exceeded
English 31.0% 25.0% 28.0% 16.0%
Math 38.0% 29.0% 19.0% 14.0%

Grade Level Breakdown

Grade English: Standard Not Met English: Standard Nearly Met English: Standard Met English: Standard Exceeded
Grade 3 36.0% 26.0% 20.0% 18.0%
Grade 4 39.0% 21.0% 21.0% 19.0%
Grade 5 34.0% 21.0% 27.0% 17.0%
Grade 6 28.0% 29.0% 30.0% 13.0%
Grade 7 31.0% 25.0% 32.0% 12.0%
Grade 8 26.0% 29.0% 33.0% 12.0%
Grade 11 20.0% 24.0% 33.0% 23.0%
Grade Math: Standard Not Met Math: Standard Nearly Met Math: Standard Met Math: Standard Exceeded
Grade 3 33.0% 27.0% 26.0% 14.0%
Grade 4 31.0% 35.0% 22.0% 13.0%
Grade 5 41.0% 29.0% 15.0% 15.0%
Grade 6 36.0% 31.0% 18.0% 15.0%
Grade 7 37.0% 29.0% 19.0% 15.0%
Grade 8 41.0% 26.0% 17.0% 16.0%
Grade 11 45.0% 25.0% 18.0% 11.0%

Overall Test Results by Gender

Gender English: Standard Not Met English: Standard Nearly Met English: Standard Met English: Standard Exceeded
Male 36.0% 25.0% 25.0% 13.0%
Female 25.0% 25.0% 30.0% 19.0%
Gender Math: Standard Not Met Math: Standard Nearly Met Math: Standard Met Math: Standard Exceeded
Male 39.0% 27.0% 19.0% 15.0%
Female 36.0% 30.0% 20.0% 14.0%

Overall Test Results by Race and Ethnicity

Race/Ethnicity English: Standard Not Met English: Standard Nearly Met English: Standard Met English: Standard Exceeded
White 18.0% 22.0% 35.0% 26.0%
Hispanic 39.0% 29.0% 24.0% 8.0%
African-American 46.0% 26.0% 21.0% 7.0%
Asian 12.0% 16.0% 32.0% 40.0%
Pacific Islander 33.0% 29.0% 27.0% 11.0%
Filipino 15.0% 22.0% 37.0% 26.0%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 41.0% 27.0% 23.0% 9.0%
Race/Ethnicity Math: Standard Not Met Math: Standard Nearly Met Math: Standard Met Math: Standard Exceeded
White 23.0% 28.0% 27.0% 22.0%
Hispanic 48.0% 31.0% 15.0% 6.0%
African-American 56.0% 27.0% 12.0% 4.0%
Asian 12.0% 19.0% 25.0% 44.0%
Pacific Islander 40.0% 33.0% 18.0% 9.0%
Filipino 20.0% 29.0% 29.0% 23.0%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 49.0% 29.0% 15.0% 7.0%

Overall Test Results by High-Needs Status

Status English: Standard Not Met English: Standard Nearly Met English: Standard Met English: Standard Exceeded
Economically Disadvantaged 41.0% 28.0% 23.0% 8.0%
English Learner 65.0% 24.0% 9.0% 2.0%
Status Math: Standard Not Met Math: Standard Nearly Met Math: Standard Met Math: Standard Exceeded
Economically Disadvantaged 49.0% 30.0% 15.0% 6.0%
English Learner 65.0% 24.0% 8.0% 3.0%