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Hayward Unified School District Students Make Gains in State Assessment

 

Hayward Unified School District Students Make Gains in State Assessment

State Test Scores Indicate Academic Improvements

 

August 23, 2016 (Hayward) - The California Department of Education (CDE) released today the results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The computer-based assessments, administered to students last spring, indicate their progress in learning new, more rigorous academic standards designed to prepare them for college and careers in the 21st century. These tests include a wider variety of questions than the multiple choice tests they replaced, requiring students to explain how they solve problems, think critically, and write analytically.

 

Celebrating Growth

 

With the 2014-15 school year being the baseline year, the second year of CAASPP testing allows for districts to measure growth. Hayward Unified School District is proud to announce that Hayward students meeting or exceeding standards rose from 32% in 2015 to 36% in 2016 in ELA. In Math, this percentage rose from 21% to 23%. This compares to 3% growth in ELA in Alameda County and 2% in Math. At the school level, 23 of the 30 Hayward schools saw growth in ELA, while 18 of the 30 Hayward schools saw growth in Math.

 

In addition to overall growth, English Learners and every statistically significant ethnic subgroup in Hayward demonstrated growth in both ELA and Math.  We are proud that in Hayward the difference between the lowest and highest achieving ethnic subgroups narrowed in both ELA and Math.  “Hayward is a wonderfully diverse community and we are committed to ensuring that all students are successful in our schools,” says Acting Superintendent Dr. Matt Wayne.  “We still have much work to do, but we are encouraged by the positive achievement trend we are seeing.” 

 

HUSD also has more students achieving at higher levels. The 12 students who earned perfect scores in ELA and Math is up from 4 students in 2015. This follows a trend in Hayward of growth at all levels. The number of students exceeding standards in either ELA or Math is up from 789 in 2015 to 1,025 in 2016 (an increase of 30%), while the number of students exceeding standards in both ELA and Math is up from 401 in 2015 to 523 in 2016 (also an increase of 30%). “Our goal is to graduate all students with the problem solving and critical thinking skills they need for college and a 21st century career. We are excited about celebrating the many students in our district who demonstrated exceptional achievement, including the twelve students who earned perfect scores on both ELA and Math” says Board President Lisa Brunner for the Hayward Unified School District.

 

Ms. Gloria Prada, Hayward director of Assessment, Research, and Evaluation, is “grateful to Hayward teachers for the increasingly smooth implementation of the computerized testing, which has resulted in impressively high rates of participation.” Every school in Hayward, with the exception of its continuation high school, met the State mandated participation rate of 95%. This includes the three comprehensive high schools that did not meet this requirement in 2015.

 

Facing the Challenges Ahead

 

While HUSD demonstrated improvement during the 2015-16 school year, the District still has much work to do to ensure that all students master the state standards.  Currently, HUSD only has a third of students meeting or exceeding standards in ELA and a quarter of students meeting or exceeding standards in Math. While the District has shown improvement, measures of success on the CAASPP are still too low. Students across Alameda County met or exceeded standards at a rate 55% in ELA and 46% in Math. In addition, students across the State of California scored 49% in ELA and 37% in Math.

 

In order to accelerate student achievement, the District is focused on a few key initiatives to support teaching and learning. These include...

  • Professional development for staff on academically engaging units and lessons
  • A focus on math and how to teach it in culturally relevant ways
  • Support on how to integrate English Language Development into every lesson
  • An African-American Student Achievement Initiative that involves staff and community members
  • A community schools approach that connects families to resources to ensure students come to class ready to learn
  • Innovative college and career readiness programs such as our Middle College program in which middle school students take community college classes, a Latinas in STEM mentoring program, a College Bound Hayward program that includes students and families, and the first Puente program at the middle school level in the state

 

“We have committed teachers, excellent school leaders, and a supportive parent community who wants the best for our Made in Hayward children,” stated Acting Superintendent Wayne. “For example, yesterday we had over 500 elementary teachers participate in professional development focused on math instruction.  We are ready to go for the 2016-17 school year and embrace the challenges ahead of us.”

 

HUSD Results for 2016 Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments by Grade Level

 

ELA Standard Met or Exceeded (%)

            


  ELA

2014-2015

2015-2016

 Overall

32

36

Grade 3

25

28

Grade 4

28

30

Grade 5

30

35

Grade 6

31

38

Grade 7

34

35

Grade 8

35

40

Grade 11

48

47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math Standard Met or Exceeded (%)

 


MATH

2014-2015

2015-2016

Overall

21

23

Grade 3

24

28

Grade 4

19

21

Grade 5

15

17

Grade 6

21

23

Grade 7

25

23

Grade 8

22

27

Grade 11

18

21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The CDE’s CAASPP Results websites contains the results broken down by grade, gender, ethnic groups, and demographics. Click here to read more and view charts which provide additional information on the district, county, state and individual schools.

 

About The Hayward Unified School District:  The Hayward Unified School District serves approximately 22,000 students ranging from Preschool to 12th grade at 33 schools in the city of Hayward, CA. For more information, please visit us online at www.husd.k12.ca.us.  

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Sabrina Aranda Published:8/24/16
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