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PUSD Students Improve English, Maintain Math Scores on California Standards Test

Check out how Altadena school did on English Language Arts and Math state testing in 2012.

Students in the Pasadena Unified School District made gains in their English and Language Arts skill levels, and matched their 2011 performance in math, according to California Standards Tests results released Friday

They were amongst approximately 4.7 million students who participated in the 2012 Standardized Testing and Reporting program, according to the California Department of Education.

For the Pasadena Unified School District as a whole, 52.2 percent of students scored proficient or advanced at the English and Language Arts section of the test, up from 50.7 percent in 2011.

On the math section, 46 percent of students scored proficient or advanced, the exact same percentage as in 2011.

Below is a table showing how schools in Altadena performed by percent who received a score of proficient or advanced:

School ELA score 2012  ELA score 2011 Math score 2012 Math score 2011 Altadena Elementary 48.3% 45.4% 57.9% 69.6% Franklin Elementary 46.3% 40.4% 55.6% 56.8% Jackson Elementary 43.6% 35.7% 58.7% 49.7% Webster Elementary 62.6% 65.1% 68% 77.9% Eliot Middle School 39.6% 40.1% 27% 31.2%

For more detailed test results and results from other PUSD schools, check out the state Department of Education website.

navigio August 31, 2012 at 09:38 PM
There is going to be a lot to say here, but I'd just like to make one important point: Some schools had significant changes in the rates of students with disabilities. There is usually a different test for those students (CMA). But 2nd graders are not allowed to take that test (they must take CST), while other grades are. So if a school had a large increase in 2nd grade SWD, their proficiency rates will be disproportionately low (compared to other years or schools) based on having to take the CST instead of the CMA. It looks like at least one of the elementary schools listed above was impacted by this phenomenon, and likely a couple others in the district.
Liz H. September 01, 2012 at 01:11 AM
You clearly are privy to some data that doesn't appear in this chart. So please tell us: What percentage of 2nd-graders with disabilities would have been eligible to take the CMA if that test could actually have been administered to 2nd-graders? I teach at an elementary school in LAUSD, and only a few of our special ed students in grades 3-5 take the CMA instead of the CST. Of those who do, most take it in only one area--either language arts or math--and not both. Since we're not talking about a huge population of CMA-takers here--at least, at my school--I can't imagine that the numbers of 2nd-grade kids who might, under other guidelines, be taking the CMA, could really be all that significant in the entire school's average score. Anyway, even if what you surmise is true, how does that account for the fact that most of the schools listed here made some gains in language arts? On a separate note: What the h-- happened with the math scores? Jackson improved, but the others...Sheesh!
Can't Say September 01, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Based on the Patch post on the home page ("Color coded map compares district test results"), PUSD's new rallying cry can be... We're better than Azusa Unified!! http://www.scpr.org/blogs/education/2012/08/31/9652/graphic-la-county-proficiency-levels-english-math-/ Patch editors, why does the url for this story have "sierra-madre-elementary-tests-at-top-of-district-in-california-standards-test.........? Just curious.
Dan Abendschein (Editor) September 01, 2012 at 03:02 AM
@Can't Say - To save time on certain stories with common elements (overall PUSD scores) we can 'clone' them from a site. I wrote Sierra Madre's specific story and then cloned it here for the overall district stuff and then removed Sierra Madre 's school info and then added in Altadena specific schools. In this case, actually, it was not much faster than just starting a new article since so much of the article ended up being new. But in any case, when we do that, the URL from that old article stayed behind. That's a little peak behind the curtain for you!
navigio September 01, 2012 at 06:36 AM
nothing privy. There is a lot of data (albeit not what there should be) on the state's star reporting site. http://star.cde.ca.gov/star2012/SearchPanel.aspx The rate of CMA takers varies wildly from school to school in our district (no idea why--perhaps that is partly a school decision?). About half the PUSD elementaries have at least one grade in which over 10% of enrollment takes the CMA. A handful over 15% and two over 20% (in fact both those two are altadena schools). So the rates can be significant enough to make a difference, imho. Note, in some other schools, there are much higher rates of SWD CST takers and near negligible rates of CMA takers. In one of those schools, the CST proficiency rate for 2nd grade SWD is 9% for ELA and 0% for math. But the CMA proficiency rates at the school are 47% and 73% for ELA and math, respectively (only 5th grade had enough data for rates to be shown though). So I think clearly the performance of 2nd grade SWD CST performance would impact overall proficiency rates in that case. But my point was not so much what these make ups are at any point in time, rather if a school happens to differ largely in this regard from a different year against which a comparison is being made. In 2011 the 2nd grade SWD CST takers made up 2.6% of grade enrollment in that school. In 2012 it was 18%. Thats quite a difference, and worth pointing out, imho, especially at 9% and 0% proficiency rates..
Mary Brandenburg September 02, 2012 at 01:43 AM
@Navigio- I noticed that overall the number of special ed students taking the CST dropped from last year to this year. I'm trying to figure out if those students took the CMA- an easier test- to try to bump up the scores because of PI. @Liz- you're right re: the math scores. I'm not sure why that's being glossed over rather than acknowledged. I saw the same deal in the Star News article.
navigio September 02, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Hi Mary. Actually, it looks like more SWD students took both the CST and CMA for ELA. The number of SWD test takers for both increased in numbers by about 20% over last year, that even though there was a drop in enrollment of about 3% for test-takers, which of course means the SWD population grew as a ratio of total test takers in 2012 when compared to 2011 (from about 9% to about 12% of 2-11 enrollment). There was a similar trend for Math (I only looked at grades 2-7 only), but in that case the CMA test takers grew only 10% while the CST SWD test takers grew 27%. I was looking at numbers off the STAR site. Did you see something that would contradict that?

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