The 18-19 SBAC scores are here – what can we change this school year?

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Recently, the California Department of Education released final SBAC scores from the 2018-19 school year. Overall, West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD) did not see any statistically significant gains in either English Language Arts (ELA) or math. When we take into account students who grew and those who regressed, we see that out of over 14,000 test-takers, only 36 and 75 more students achieved proficiency in ELA and math, respectively, when compared to the 2017-18 results.

Below we offer key takeaways for three of the four areas prioritized in Superintendent Duffy’s Roadmap 2022: 

Note: We did not include data points on the reclassification goal because it is not connected to SBAC scores.

Goal: 80% of African-American 6th graders are proficient in math by 2022 

  • The 6th grade class of African-American students set to reach 80 percent proficiency in math by 2022 is currently 64 percentage points away from that target. According to their 3rd grade SBAC scores, only 50 of the 320 African-American students with 3rd grade math scores are at or above level.
  • The path to 80 percent proficiency demands significant yearly growth. The 6th grade class of 2022 is currently in 4th grade. The most current data we have on the movement of African-American students from 4th to 6th grade comes from the current 7th grade class. When we look at their journey through our schools, we see that their math proficiency rates hovered at around 13% between grades 4 and 6 with no overall positive growth.

After a year of intensive work and strategic prioritization, it is discouraging to see that there was an overall decline in African-American student achievement. Once again we ask, what is going to be radically different within our classrooms to move our young people to the proposed goals set by our leaders?

Goal: 80% of graduates are college and career ready by 2022

Note: The 2022 graduating class is currently in 10th grade. Because 9th and 10th graders do not take the SBAC, we will not see any SBAC-related results for these students until they test for a final time in 11th grade.

  • The 11th grade SBAC is currently the best measure of college academic readiness available. SBAC results identify students who are unconditionally college ready, conditionally college ready, and not ready. 
  • Last year’s senior class left their 11th grade year with 39.9% and 17.2% having met or exceeded standards in ELA and math, respectively. This year’s senior class rose in proficiency by 1.51% and 2.21% in ELA and math, respectively.

When we see positive growth we ask, what led to the increase, and how can we replicate and scale these programming or instructional efforts? We look forward to the district publicly sharing all they have learned from evaluating intervention efforts.

Goal: 80% of third graders are reading on grade level by 2022 

Note: These scores are not for the Roadmap class of 2022, but this gives us insight into the outcomes of existing programming.  Stay tuned for updates on the third grade class of 2022.

  • When we look at last year’s fall assessment data, 40% of our 3rd graders were meeting or exceeding standards in ELA; by winter, 48% were meeting or exceeding standards. However, their SBAC scores revealed that only about 32% reached proficiency in ELA by the end of their third grade year. 

Formative data collected throughout the year is essential to monitor progress and make necessary adjustments in service of increasing student achievement. This data must be accurate, aligned to final assessments, and timely. When we see discrepancies like those above, we must re-evaluate the assessment tool itself and/or the testing conditions to seek to improve data quality.


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