The California Department of Education released test results from the 2016-17 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The average scores from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District show an increase from last year to this year. Both years, students from the district performed better than their peers in LA County and around California. This is the third year the CAASPP has been used among schools in SMMUSD.
“The test results reflect a high rate of success amongst SMMUSD students compared to their peers, which is a testament to our teachers, staff and administrators at our schools...” Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati said in a statement released by the district. “That does not, however, mean we can relax. We are continuing to focus on access and opportunity for all students as we face an achievement gap within some of our subgroups including Latino, African American, English Learner and students with disabilities.”
The statement did reflect that these groups performed better in some areas than in the past.