Volume 5, Issue 3
October 2019
This month the California Department of Education certified and released the results of the 2019 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).

Every year, students across the state in grades 3 through 8 and grade 11 take part in CAASPP, which is comprised of a series of computer-based tests to measure student performance in English language arts and mathematics. In addition, students in grades 5 and 8 are assessed in science.

In our schools, we see these tests as an academic checkup. Like class assignments and report cards, they are one gauge for us to measure student progress. Our teachers use information from CAASPP, as well as from a variety of other sources, to pinpoint student needs, develop learning goals, and design effective instruction for mastery of rigorous academic standards. Principals and district administrators use CAASPP results to make informed decisions about how to best support the overall instructional program.

It is our mission in the Cypress School District to inspire and empower every student, every moment, for every opportunity. By working together—administrators, teachers, parents, students, and community members—we can ensure our children are well prepared for success in a dynamic and ever-changing world.

We hope you will spend just a few minutes to learn more.

Anne Silavs, Superintendent
School, District, County, and Statewide Results
So, how did our students perform compared to others?

For the fifth consecutive year, students in the Cypress School District outpaced their peers countywide and statewide, with higher percentages of Cypress students meeting and exceeding standards in both English language arts and mathematics. The tables below represent our students’ 2019 performance levels.
The California Department of Education provides parents and other community members with access to statewide CAASPP results. The website also offers the ability to compare test results. You can search for the results for a particular school, district, or county here .
California School Dashboard

The California School Dashboard is an online tool that shows the public how local districts and schools are performing. It assists in identifying areas of strength as well as areas in need of improvement. The state annually reports district and school progress in six key areas that impact student success, including academic performance, chronic absenteeism, and student suspension and graduation rates. The Dashboard also reports progress on local indicators of district success, such as school climate, student access to instructional materials, parent and family engagement, safe and clean school facilities, and appropriately credentialed and assigned teachers. It is anticipated the Dashboard will be updated with the 2019 results in early December.

To learn more about the California School Dashboard, please visit the California Department of Education website .
Starting Smarter: The CAASPP Score Report

Over the course of a school year, parents receive lots of information about how their child is performing in school, which in turn gives them a more complete picture of their child's academic progress. In addition to class tests and report cards, the CAASPP Score Report is another great tool for promoting conversations about student performance and how parents and teachers can work together to support and improve student learning. Starting Smarter is a new state website that helps parents better understand their child’s CAASPP Score Report, which includes their overall scores for English language arts and mathematics as well as their progress in the performance areas within each of those subjects. The Starting Smarter website also provides parents with sample test questions and free resources to support student learning at home.
Candi Kern - Sandra Lee - Brian Nakamura - Bonnie Peat - Lydia Sondhi, Ph.D.
Anne Silavs