Riverside County students show gains on standardized tests


Riverside County students again showed slight gains on state standardized tests, although less than half of them met or exceeded the state standards in English and math, according to scores released recently by the California department of education.

The performance of Riverside County students on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress tests generally lagged behind students statewide, according to the department.

The CAASPP tests were administered in the spring to more than 3 million students across the state in grades 3-8 and 11.

In Riverside County, 18.53% of the more than 220,000 students who took the tests exceeded the state standard in English, up from 17.44% the previous year. According to the state 29.09% met the standard, up from 28.74% last year; while 23.86% “nearly” met the standard, down from 24.14% last year; and 28.52% failed to meet it, down from 29.69% the previous year.

In math, 14.42% exceeded the standard, 19.72% met it, 27.33% nearly met it and 38.53% failed to meet it. The percentages from the previous year were 13.32%, 19.43%, 27.9% and 39.35%, respectively.

Statewide, 22.23% exceeded the standard in English, while 28.64% met it, 22.4% nearly met it and 26.73% failed to meet it. In math, 19.69% exceeded the standard, 20.04% met it, 25.41% nearly met it and 34.86% failed to meet it. The statewide scores were all also moderately improved from the previous year.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond acknowledged the overall improvement but said he was concerned that gains were less consistent in later grades of 7, 8 and 11, while performance continues to lag among some students of color.

“Disparities between students of color and their white and Asian peers continue from year to year and demonstrate the importance of our priority initiative of closing the achievement gap,” Thurmond said in a statement. “Education equity should mean equity for all students and right now, we are not there. All students should have an equal opportunity to succeed academically and enter the workforce prepared with the needed skills to compete in the industries that drive our state forward.”