San José Unified Continues to Outperform Many Comparable School Districts on Statewide Assessments

October 9, 2019

SAN JOSÉ, CA - Outperforming many comparable school districts on statewide results of Smarter Balanced (SBAC) assessment exams, the San José Unified School District experienced similar performance to 2018 on the SBAC, according to a recently released California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) report by the California Department of Education (CDE). In addition, San José Unified outperformed the state as well as all comparable and most local districts on the California Alternative Assessments (CAAs).

This year’s CAASPP report confirmed San José Unified students overall exceeded statewide SBAC assessment results at all grade levels in Language Arts and Mathematics, with the exception of third grade mathematics and eleventh grade Language Arts. 

Students with Disabilities outperformed statewide SBAC results in both English Language Arts and mathematics. English Learners (ELs) saw growth in the SBAC in both English Language Arts and mathematics, with EL performance improving in English Language Arts at all assessed grade levels.

Assessment results for Hispanic/Latino students remain lower than state results in the same student category.

The District continues to invest in:

  • a focus on early literacy in the district’s elementary grades
  • identifying new tools and approaches that support specific focus areas

“We have high expectations for all of our San José Unified students. Each year we hope to see continued growth. We are confident that our focus on students with disabilities and Hispanic Latino males will ensure that all of our students will have the tools to succeed,” commented San José Unified Superintendent Nancy Albarrán. 

San José Unified supports college and career readiness for high school students by investing in free PSAT and SAT days on campus and focusing on retention and diversity in AP/IB classes, “San José Unified remains committed to going above and beyond what is expected.  By offering enhanced resources to all our students, we are able to make the extraordinary ordinary.  Examples include offering more advanced placement courses with a wide diversity of students enrolled in these classes, $5 AP exams, and a free SAT for all juniors,” Superintendent Albarrán continued.

Students in grades three through eight along with those in grade 11 took the SBAC exams for the first time during the 2014-15 school year.  These online assessments feature a variety of different types of questions and require students to display a deeper understanding of key concepts.

To view complete SBAC results at the state, county, district, and school level, visit https://caaspp-elpac.cde.ca.gov/

About San José Unified
San José Unified is an innovative urban school district that prepares today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow.  Serving close to 30,000 students from transitional kindergarten through high school in 41 schools from Downtown San José to Almaden Valley, San José Unified is Silicon Valley’s largest and most diverse school system.



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