San Mateo County students improved their standardized test scores during the 2017-18 school year and outperformed students throughout the state, but scores dipped for students in the Sequoia Union High School District, according to California Department of Education data released last week.
In the Sequoia district, 62.55 percent of students met or exceeded English language arts standards, an almost 9 percent drop from 2016-17. Around 47 percent of students in the district met or exceeded math standards, a dip of almost 5 percent from last school year. There are about 10,000 students in the district.
“As one of the largest districts in the region, we are dealing with complex issues and are working to provide our students with the best tools for success in the classroom," Bonnie Hansen, the district's assistant superintendent of educational services, said in an email. "Although the scores are not where we would like them to be, I feel confident that the systems that we are implementing will change that in the near future."
These scores do not accurately represent the success within district schools on a daily basis, Hansen wrote.
Mary E. Streshly, who took over the role as the district's superintendent in July 2017, said she is looking to these results to help her identify where the district can improve.
"I think it is important we always self-reflect in order to identify ways by which we can improve our students' educational experience," she wrote in an email.
Countywide, 61 percent of students met or exceeded English standards, according to standardized test results. This is up 1 percent from 2016-17 and up 5 percent since 2015, when the test was first administered, according to the San Mateo County Office of Education. On the math assessment, 53 percent of county students met or exceeded standards, up 1 percent from last year and 4 percent since 2015.
In the Menlo Park City School District, students performed similarly to how they did last year. About 84 percent of students met or exceeded English standards, an almost 2 percent increase from 2016-17. About 81 percent of district students met or exceeded math standards, the same percentage as last year. There are 2,932 students enrolled in the district this school year.
“We are proud of the gains made by all students and continue to focus on reaching each student where they are,” Parke Treadway, the district’s public information officer, said in an email. “Opportunities for further supporting our underrepresented students remain and we continue to prioritize raising the achievement possibilities for all students.”
In the Las Lomitas School District, about 86 percent of students met or exceeded English standards, up about 1 percent from last year. For math scores, 82 percent of students met or exceeded math standards, which is about the same as last year. There were 1,259 students in the district as of Sept. 12.
In the Portola Valley School District, 83.84 percent of students met or exceeded English standards, about the same scores as last year. A little under 85 percent of students met or exceeded math standards, an increase of about 3 percent. There were 574 students enrolled in the district this school year, as of Sept. 6.
In the Woodside School District, 83.43 percent of students met or exceeded English standards, up about 2 percent from 2017. A little over 84 percent of district students met or exceeded math standards, up more than 4 percent from 2017. There were 410 students enrolled in the district this school year as of Sept. 12.
Statewide, 49.88 percent of students met or exceeded the English standards in 2017-18, a 1 percent increase from last year. Only 38.65 percent of students met or exceeded the math standards, which was a 1 percent increase compared with last year.
The most widely used standardized tests statewide are the Smarter Balanced Assessments. They are administered to students in grades three through eight and 11th grade. Students took the tests in spring 2018.
The state’s full test results can be found here.
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