By Reggie Ellis
visalia – Visalia Unified was one of the few school districts in Tulare County to keep pace with statewide numbers for students meeting or exceeding standards in English language arts and math. Unfortunately, less than half of all students in the state met or exceeded the standards in both subject areas.
The scores from the first year of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) online tests for every district in California were released by the California Department of Education last month.
Overall, 48% of Visalia Unified School District (VUSD) students met or exceeded the standards in English language arts (ELA). That compares with just 26% in Tulare County and just short of the 49% state average (see chart on page A7). VUSD students actually outpaced the statewide average for ELA in seventh, eighth and 11th grade. Nearly two-thirds of Visalia high schoolers met the standard.
VUSD’s math scores were much lower, but so were the statewide average. Just under one-third (32%) of VUSD students met or exceeded the standard compared with 37% of students statewide. VUSD fared better than the Tulare County average of just a quarter of students meeting the standard. Middle school students fared well as 39% of eighth graders met the standard in math compared with 36% of eighth graders statewide.
El Diamante posted the highest score among Visalia high schools with 76% meeting the standard in ELA and 34% in math. The lowest was Golden West with 50% in ELA and 18% in math. Green Acres had the highest number of students meet the standards among VUSD middle schools with 62% meeting standard in ELA and 44% in math. That compared with Valley Oak’s 47% in ELA and 26% in math. Of VUSD’s 25 elementary schools, Hurley scored the highest overall and the highest in ELA with 70% of its students meeting the state standard. Oak Grove posted the highest elementary math scores with two-thirds of its students meeting the state standard.