Mixed Results in California Student Performance on State Standardized Testing

Last week the California Department of Education ("CDE") issued a news release announcing the results of the California High School Exit Exam ("CAHSEE") and the Standardized Testing and Reporting ("STAR").

CAHSEE: An estimated 95.5% of the Class of 2013 passed the CAHSEE, a 0.5% increase from the previous year, and a 5.1% increase since the first was first administered in 2006. Pass rates for the Class of 2013 included an estimated 91.8% of African American students; 82.2% of students who are learning English; 98.5% of white students; 93.5% of students who are economically disadvantaged, and 93.8% of Hispanic or Latino students.

API: However, the Growth Academic Performance Index ("API") has declined 2 points statewide, from 791 to 789. The API ranges from 200 to 1000, with a statewide target of 800. The API shows that 56% of elementary schools, 50% of middle schools and only 30% of high schools are meeting the state benchmark. Several subgroups say an increase in API, including 5 points by socioeconomically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities.

AYP: Adequate Yearly Progress ("AYP") targets, as set forth under the federal No Child Left Behind program, continue to lag.  Only 14% of schools met AYP benchmarks, a sharp decline from 26% last year.

For more information, please see the CDE's August 29, 2013 news release here.