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Results of state assessment reveal continued growth for Hayward Schools
Posted 10/3/18

Hayward, CA—Today, the California Department of Education released results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The Hayward Unified School District (HUSD) saw improvements overall in both English language arts (ELA) and math—specifically among subgroups. Fifty percent of our schools increased the percentage of students meeting or exceeding ELA standards while 63% showed growth in meeting or exceeding math standards.  


The computer-based assessments, administered to students last spring, show progress in meeting new, more rigorous academic standards designed to prepare them for college and careers in the 21st century. These tests include a wider variety of question types than the multiple choice test they replaced, requiring students to think critically, explain how they solve problems, and write analytically.


Celebrating Growth

From 2016-17 to 2017-18, the percentage of HUSD students meeting or exceeding math standards rose from 24% to 26% while rates for ELA increased from 36% to 37% from 2016-17 to 2017-18. Hayward’s 2% growth over the past year in math exceeds the overall growth rate for the county at 1% and mirrors the state’s rate of 2%. The 1% increase in ELA mirrors the growth rate for both Alameda County and the state. Of the 15 schools showing growth in ELA, eight experienced growth of 5% or more. Additionally, of the 19 school sites that saw improvements in math, seven experienced growth of 5% or higher. Two schools saw double-digit growth.


A majority of the  subgroups tracked showed gains in ELA and/or math between 1-5% over the last three years. In ELA, the average gain was 1.6% while in math it was 3.2%. “We are pleased to see the incremental growth in math and ELA, but feel even more motivated to continue to increase the number of students who develop deeper learning competencies by thinking critically and engaging in rigorous and relevant content,” said HUSD Superintendent Matt Wayne.


HUSD has more students achieving at higher levels. The 19 students who earned perfect scores in ELA and math represent an increase, up from 15 the previous year. This follows a trend in Hayward of growth at all levels. The number of students exceeding standards in either ELA, math, or both is up from 1,548 in 2016-17 to 1,791 for the 2017-18 school year.


Facing the Challenges Ahead

While the district has shown improvement, measures of success on the CAASPP remain low, especially for English learners and students with disabilities who fall below 10% of students meeting or exceeding standards in both ELA and math. African-American and Latino students continue to score lower than their classmates on the state assessment, indicating that the district must remain focused on closing the opportunity gap.


In order to accelerate student achievement, the district will continue to focus on a few key initiatives to support teaching and learning. These include:


  • Professional development for staff to help them create and deliver academically engaging lessons that promote deeper learning

  • Support for the integration of English language development into every lesson

  • Continuation of the African American Student Achievement Initiative, a program focused on closing the opportunity gap in the district

  • A community schools approach that connects families with resources to ensure students come to class ready to learn

  • Innovative college- and career-readiness programs such as Puente, AVID, and a Latinas in STEM mentoring program.

  • Creation of STEAM course offerings and innovative surroundings that inspire students to engage actively in dynamic, integrated learning


HUSD Results by Grade Level for the previous three years:


Math Standard Met or Exceeded (%)


MATH

2015-

2016

2016-

2017

2017-

2018

Overall

23

24

26

Grade 3

28

24

30

Grade 4

21

30

26

Grade 5

17

22

20

Grade 6

23

17

27

Grade 7

23

24

26

Grade 8

27

26

29

Grade 11

21

20

22


ELA Standard Met or Exceeded (%)


ELA

2015-

2016

2016-

2017

2017-

2018

Overall

36

36

37

Grade 3

28

29

32

Grade 4

30

29

35

Grade 5

35

34

35

Grade 6

38

38

39

Grade 7

35

38

38

Grade 8

40

37

37

Grade 11

47

48

47



The CDE’s CAASPP portal contains the results broken down by grade, gender, ethnic groups, and demographics. Click here to view and compare aggregated results among schools, districts, and counties along with statewide results.