September 27, 2017: The Moreland School District announced that the third year of results for the new California state assessment system, known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), were released from the California Department of Education this morning for all schools. Moreland has maintained consistency in both English Language Arts and Math that demonstrates how Moreland students are continuing to thrive with the new, more rigorous, college and career-ready California standards through the Smarter Balanced Assessment Test taken last Spring.
Administered to Moreland students in grades three through eight, these computer-based tests replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program’s paper-based test, last taken in 2013. The new Common Core State Standards requires students to not only know concepts and skills, but also to be able to apply them. In addition, these tests included performance tasks that challenge students to demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving and apply their knowledge and skills to real world problems.
In comparing the initial results released today, the Moreland School District has outperformed students in the state of California, as well as those students in Santa Clara County in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Individual student CAASPP Score Reports were mailed home to families at the end of August with information about the student’s overall progress and achievement.
Moreland School District Superintendent Mary Kay Going said, “Last year, our elementary and middle school students were introduced to a new Common Core math curriculum that was selected for its rigor, collaborative structure, and inquiry-based instruction. This year, the District is introducing students to our new English Language Arts (ELA) materials, and we expect our students to continue to show academic strength.”