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South Pasadena Unified School District Reaches Top Five of California K-12 Unified Districts Based on Statewide English Language Arts and Math Assessment Results
Posted by: Andrea Fox Published: 8/25/16

2015-2016 Academic Checkup Shows Significant Student Growth

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (August 24, 2016) – On Wednesday, the California Department of Education released the 2015-2016 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) results, which revealed a four percent increase districtwide in students exceeding and meeting standards in English language arts/literacy (ELA) and mathematics from the prior year.  As a result, South Pasadena students’ proficiency places the District in the top five of K-12 Unified School Districts in the State of California.  These ELA and math assessments were administered to students in grades three through eight, and grade eleven in Spring 2016.

            “Student performance is stronger than ever,” said Christiane Gervais, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD). “The improvement in assessment results is a reflection of everyone and everything that contributes to academic achievement.  Our students, teachers, administrators, support staff and parents all working together contributed to the strong academic growth and progress of our students. We celebrate our teachers and their continuing efforts to implement the California standards in their classrooms.”

            These assessments for ELA and mathematics are based on California’s challenging academic standards, which include the ability to write clearly, think critically and solve problems.  2015-2016 results show that 81 percent of students met or exceeded ELA standards and 78 percent of students met or exceeded Math standards, which is an increase of four percent from the prior year in both ELA and Math. 

            “This is our time to shine,” said Dr. Geoff Yantz, SPUSD superintendent. “The District’s focus on well-rounded strategic goals helps our faculty and staff ensure that students are learning and excelling in the state standards.  We have many ways in which we evaluate ourselves and our students, and we are so proud of this year’s success with the CAASPP.”

            Earlier this month, SPUSD mailed individual student score reports to parents and guardians. The report details an overall score for each subject and information for how each child performed in different skill areas associated with English language arts/literacy and mathematics.  If a child tested in 2015, the score report presents two years of data, which allows parents and guardians to view a child’s progress over the last year. SPUSD also created a webpage for parents that includes videos and guides to understanding the new score reports and assessments: http://spusd.net/CAASPP.   

About South Pasadena Unified School District

Established in 1886, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) serves approximately 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school in South Pasadena, California.  Nestled in the West San Gabriel Valley, SPUSD has earned a reputation of providing high quality public education, attracting families who value challenging academic programs and outstanding teachers. Consistently recognized for superior performance, SPUSD students earn honors at the local, state and national level.  The District draws vital support from parents and community members through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, local PTAs and booster clubs.


For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent at scarroll@spusd.net.