CVESD Students Outperform Peer Averages

CVESD Students Outperform Averages of States Across USA
Posted on 11/02/2017
Students work collaboratively in their classroom.

It comes as no surprise that students in the Chula Vista Elementary School District would outperform the averages of their peers in San Diego County and California in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics. With the recent release of state testing results, CVESD students outscored south San Diego County districts and California state testing averages for the third consecutive year.


What isn’t as widely known is that CVESD students also outperformed the testing averages of 13 states across the nation in ELA, and all but one in mathematics. The 13 states including California are part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). CVESD trailed only Washington, in mathematics, by just one percentage point.


Chart illustrates CVESD testing average compared to other states.Overall, 63% of District students in grades 3-6 met or exceeded standards in English Language Arts (see green bar, chart left). In math, 51% of District students in grades 3-6 met or exceeded standards. The average for students in those grades in the state of Washington in math was 52%.


“Don’t look now, Washington, we’re gaining on you,” said Gloria E. Ciriza, executive director, Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, adding that the gap between CVESD and the state of Washington has significantly closed compared to prior years.

Of course, CVESD is not its own state. Still, this kind of academic achievement draws a string of praise. “Credit our teachers for not only the work they put into their craft, but the belief that our students can and will achieve academically,” said CVESD This chart compares CVESD's performance to other states in Math.Superintendent Francisco Escobedo, Ed.D. “The teaching and learning that occurs every day in our schools is amazing. It’s no accident. It has taken everyone working together. Our teachers are supported by parents who know that learning does not end when students leave the schoolhouse doors.”


The California Department of Education released testing results for the state’s public schools in late September. This was the third year of computer-based tests, which use California’s challenging academic standards and ask students to write clearly, think critically, and solve complex problems. The tests, collectively known as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), indicated students statewide maintained progress toward preparation for college and career.


The results for local schools are attributable to a solid foundation in instructional delivery, officials said. Ciriza noted that CVESD schools can compete with those anywhere, as 18 of its elementary schools matched or exceeded the performance of elementary schools across the bay in Coronado in English Language Arts


“When we take a closer at look at individual schools with similar demographics, we see that Coronado has only two elementary schools: Silver Strand and Village,” Ciriza said. “In CVESD, of our then-45 schools that tested, we see that 18 of our schools either outperform or do just as well in English than the Coronado schools in ELA. Our learning communities here in Chula Vista are strong.”


CVESD’s results were significantly helped by the services and strategies put into place through its Local Control and Accountability Plan. For example, the Board of Education invested more than $5 million annually for three years to employ additional teachers with a focus on Visual and Performing Arts, which in turn provided classroom teachers release time for collaboration. That time together was important for classroom teachers to strategically plan lessons and enhance instruction, officials said.


Some individual schools made dramatic assessment gains. For example, Montgomery Elementary posted the District’s highest year-over-year increase in English, with an incredible growth of 15.2%. Arts enthusiasts noted the connection between academic success Image shows student playing cello as part of VAPA program.and campuses that have a strong arts program. Montgomery is one of 18 CVESD schools to receive a VH1 Save the Music Foundation instrument grant. Montgomery also serves as one of five San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory Community Opus Project sites in CVESD. Additionally, this year, the school launched a partnership with La Jolla Playhouse.


“The strong academic gains at CVESD schools affirm the District's decision to invest in visual and performing arts programs across the system,” said Dalouge Smith, president and chief executive officer of the San Diego Youth Symphony and Conservatory. “Montgomery Elementary, the school with the strongest academic gains, is an arts rich school with school day instruction in music and art.”


The top performing District schools in English Language Arts—Thurgood Marshall and Veterans schools—were practically in a dead heat. Nearly 80% of students at each school met or exceeded standards.


Veterans Elementary was again the top performing District school in math, as 75.7% of students met or exceeded standards. Wolf Canyon was second highest in math, with 69.4% of students who met or exceeded standards.


Silver Wing Elementary recorded the biggest year-over-year increase in math, with growth of 12.6% in students who met or exceeded standards.


The research group Learning Policy Institute has identified CVESD as a “positive outlier district” in California. The institute's president and CEO, Linda Darling-Hammond, Ed.D., recently requested the opportunity to include CVESD in a study to understand how the District is able to achieve such strong academic achievement results with students in target groups, and in particular, students of color.


Board members, at their October meeting, noted that part of the District’s success is its collaborative nature. Teachers, classified staff, parents, site leaders, Board and the Superintendent’s Cabinet are all working toward the same goal: student success.


“We have the same demographics as other districts around us, but we have nearly double the results,” said CVESD Board President Francisco Tamayo, at the October Board meeting. “There is definitely something we are doing right. …While today we will celebrate these results, tomorrow we are back at the table and looking at how we can continue to increase. We can do better.”


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