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AUSD Still Sees Achievement Gap Between Ethnic Groups

The Alameda Unified School District continues to work to close the achievement gap. (File Photo)

The Alameda Unified School District continues to work to close the achievement gap. (File Photo)

The State of California Department of Education released 2015 Common Core test results at the state, county, district and school level this month. Individual student results are expected by the end of the month.

Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) superintendent Sean McPhetridge expressed satisfaction with the data from the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, but conceded that more work needs to be done to close the achievement gap.

According to a school district press release, AUSD’s low-income and English Language Learner students generally scored higher than the county average, but their scores still lagged those of more affluent students and native English speakers.

Most of AUSD’s ethnic subgroups scored higher than the county average (with the exception of Asians and American Indian/Alaska Natives) but, within the district, all of these subgroups scored lower than Whites and Asians.

“I see this achievement gap as a continued call to action,” McPhetridge said.

District-wide, schools showed better results in English language arts than math.

Overall, 63% of AUSD students who took the English language arts assessment last spring met or exceeded their grade level standard, the results showed, as compared to 52% at the county level and 44% at the state level. On the Math test, 55% of AUSD students met or exceeded their grade level standard, as compared to 44% at the county level and 33% at the state level.

Alameda Community Learning Center

Alameda Community Learning Center (ACLC), a tuition-free public charter school in Alameda, issued its own press release on Common Core results last week.

ACLC’s high school test results in English Language Arts topped both Alameda and Encinal high schools by 15 points or more, with 88% of learners meeting or exceeding state standards for proficiency in English. ACLC also exceeded both high schools in math, with 57% meeting or exceeding state proficiency standards.

In middle school test results, ACLC was neck-and-neck with Lincoln Middle School, AUSD’s top performer. The two schools tied in math, with 69% meeting or exceeding state standards, and ACLC was just four points behind in English Language Arts, with 74% meeting or exceeding state standards.

ACLC did not provide any ethnic sub-group data in the release.

Both David Hoopes, lead facilitator for ACLC, and McPhetridge praised instructional staff for the transition to Common Core curriculum and the new assessment model.

More details on the new assessment model can be found on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress website.

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