San Ramon Valley students fared much better than the state average on this year's new standardized tests, according to testing data released Wednesday.
About 75% of San Ramon Valley Unified School District students who took the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the new state test meant to check if students are learning Common Core standards, either met or exceeded state standards.
"We are very pleased with San Ramon Valley Unified's test scores," district superintendent Mary Shelton said in an email Wednesday. "While we still have work to do, the results demonstrate that our teachers, administrators and students are engaged and committed to excellent teaching and learning and have embraced the Common Core State Standards."
The test replaced the annual Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) examinations and aligns with the Common Core standards that were implemented statewide last year.
A total of 81% of SRVUSD students tested met or exceeded English language arts and literacy standards, and 73% met or exceeded math standards. The CAASPP test was given to students in third through eighth grade as well as 11th grade.
"This data provides a baseline upon which we will continue to build through our district's and community's support of ongoing professional development, collaboration and preparing our students for college and careers," Shelton added. "We thank all of our students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents for all their hard work and we look forward to another great year."
California as a whole did not fare nearly as well -- particularly in poorer areas. As a whole, 44% of California's public school students met or exceeded English standards, and 33% met or exceeded math standards.
However, state superintendent Tom Torlakson emphasized since this is the first year students have ever taken the CAASPP -- and the first year they've ever been exposed to Common Core standards -- these numbers should be a benchmark for growth.
"The results show our starting point as a state, a window into where California students are in meeting tougher academic standards that emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical writing," Torlakson said in a statement.
"California's new standards and tests are challenging for schools to teach and for students to learn, so I am encouraged that many students are at or near achievement standards. However, just as we expected, many students need to make more progress. Our job is to support students, teachers, and schools as they do," he added.
Surrounding districts scored similarly to SRVUSD, with 77% of Dublin Unified students who were tested meeting or exceeding English standards, and 69% meeting or exceeding math standards.
At Livermore Valley Joint Unified District, 58% of students tested met or exceeded English standards, and 44% met or exceeded math standards.
A total of 80% of Pleasanton Unified students tested met or exceeded English language arts and literacy standards, and 73% met or exceeded math standards.