The California Department of Education (CDE) released test scores earlier today that reflect consistent, positive growth in English Language Arts (ELA) and math for students in Kings Canyon Unified School District (KCUSD). Collectively, 49.46% of KCUSD students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 met or exceeded the state-wide standards in ELA and 36.01% met or exceeded the standard in math. Scores also showed a notable increase in year-over-year ELA and math test scores. ELA scores increased 2.07% compared to 2017 scores and 12.48% compared to 2015 scores. Math scores increased 3.43% compared to 2017 and showed a 15.01% increase compared to 2015 scores.
As a result of continued growth in ELA and math, KCUSD was featured earlier today as one of three “Success Stories” in the CDE press release regarding State test scores. The three districts that were highlighted, were chosen from 1,026 districts across the State. The other two districts were Brawley Union High School District in Imperial County and San Diego Unified School District.
“The State test scores provide affirmation of our District’s collective and continued dedication to student success. These results are reflective of the work being done every day by our students, staff and community. With our focus on growth, we are thankful to our many partners and surrounding districts for their collaboration in helping our students’ reach their fullest potential. We are humbled and honored that the State recognized Kings Canyon Unified School District as a ‘Success Story’ in their press release,” 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 2018 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 (KCUSD) is a preschool through 12th grade public school system. Located in California’s rural Central San Joaquin Valley, the District serves nearly 10,000 students, where the majority of students come from homes with a primary language other than English. As one of the geographically largest school districts in CA, their 21 campuses serve students in an area that spans 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.