San José Unified Continues to Progress in Key Focus Areas on Statewide Assessments

October 3, 2018

SAN JOSÉ CA – The San José Unified School District continued to see improvement on statewide results for a fourth consecutive year of Smarter Balanced (SBAC) assessment exams, outperforming many comparable school districts according to a recently released California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) report by the California Department of Education (CDE).

San José Unified students exceeded statewide assessment results at all grade levels in Language Arts and Mathematics, with the exception of one grade level (eleventh grade) in Language Arts.  The results continue to be even with or better than comparable school districts.

Positive growth in key focus areas continued for San José Unified, reflecting areas where the district has made a significant investment in improvement:

  • Broad incremental growth within the district suggests that continuing focus on early literacy is having a positive impact on students as they progress to higher grade levels.
  • A focus on early literacy has led to ongoing gains in the district’s elementary grades in language arts.
  • Progress at many grade levels is seen for English Learners and economically disadvantaged students; the district continues to identify new tools and approaches that will support these specific focus areas.
  • For middle school students, the district is seeing growth from grade level to grade level.  An expanding math focus into elementary along with an external assessment for grades 3-8 was implemented this school year.

Assessment results for Hispanic/Latino students were lower than state results in the same student category, underscoring the importance of San José Unified’s commitment to and focus on its Hispanic/Latino population.

“San José Unified has high expectations for all our students.  Our progress on statewide assessments reflects our commitment to a rigorous curriculum that inspires all students to discover their own greatness.  We also recognize that we need to continue to go above and beyond to ensure that all students are meeting San José Unified’s high expectations.” Commented San José Unified Superintendent Nancy Albarrán. 

The CDE State Dashboard considers a variety of factors to gauge performance, including SBAC results, attendance, graduation and suspension rates, and college and career readiness.  This is part of a nationwide shift toward broader and more comprehensive measures of success.

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 goes beyond the status quo to reach the unexpected.  More advanced placement courses, more diversity of students enrolled in them, only $5 per exam, and a free SAT for all juniors are just some of the ways we have come together to elevate opportunities for all.” Superintendent Albarrán continued.

Students in grades three through eight along with those in grade eleven 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.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 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, most diverse, and most innovative school district.