REEDLEY, Calif. – The State of California released test scores Sept. 27 that show Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD) students outscored their peers from most surrounding school districts in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. As a whole, 47% of KCUSD students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 met or exceeded the state-wide standards in ELA and 33% met or exceeded the standard in Math. Charts on the attached presentation titled “CAASPP Smarter Balanced Results 2016-17” provide a side-by-side comparison of local area school district test results.
Collectively, KCUSD also showed a notable increase in year-over-year ELA and math test scores. ELA scores increased 2% when compared to 2016 scores and 10% compared to 2015 scores. Math scores increased 6% when compared to 2016 and showed a 12% increase compared to 2015 scores.
Comparisons of high school test scores in ELA and math also show positive results for KCUSD high schools: Orange Cove High School (OCHS), Reedley High School (RHS) and Reedley Middle College High School (RMCHS). KCUSD high schools outperformed most high schools of similar size and population from surrounding districts. The attached presentation also shows a comparison of ELA and Math scores from similar high schools in the area.
“The increasing test scores can be attributed to the focused work and commitment of our students, teachers, support staff, parents and administrators. We are continuing to improve while recognizing the outstanding work that’s being done. The scores provide proof that what we are doing is working,” said KCUSD Superintendent John Campbell.
Students in California public schools in grades 3 through 8 and 11 take the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments that are part of the state testing program called the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The 2017 computer adaptive test was administered in KCUSD schools last spring (March – May). Test scores provide one way for schools to measure how students are learning. Coupled with students’ grades and other information, test results inform school districts if students are on track for academic success in higher grades, and are ready for college and/or career. For students in grade 11, test results are used by some California colleges to determine readiness for college-level courses.
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Kings Canyon Unified School District is a preschool through 12th grade public school system located in California’s central San Joaquin Valley. The District serves nearly 10,000 students at 21 campuses and is geographically one of the largest school districts in California spanning more than 600-square miles. The District offers school settings which include K-5, K-8, 6-8 (middle school), and 9-12 (high school). Additional programs include preschool education, adult education, alternative education, vocational education, special education, a middle college high school, and an online high school academy.