Third-year results from the newest state tests show significant gains in student achievement in local schools. The Long Beach Unified School district achieved greater English and math gains than other large California school districts, and all student subgroups improved here, including all racial/ethnic subgroups, students learning English as their second language, special education students, and homeless and foster children. Long Beach’s results are considered preliminary until the California Department of Education releases statewide results.
The gains accelerate a trend of growth seen last year, as the school district has allocated restored state funding and taken advantage of greater local control of that funding. The results are among several measurements showing progress in Long Beach schools, including improved graduation rates and greater participation in Advanced Placement college courses and exams.
Many Long Beach schools saw double-digit gains in the percentage of students meeting state standards, and several schools saw their achievement gaps close by 50 percent or more, compared to their prior year’s achievement for their lowest and highest performing subgroups. At the start of last school year, LBUSD Superintendent Christopher J. Steinhauser issued the 50 percent challenge to school leaders.
“Some of these schools really knocked it out of the park,” Steinhauser said, citing the example of McKinley Elementary School in North Long Beach. McKinley achieved a 24 percent increase in the percentage of students meeting English standards, and a 14 percent increase in the percentage meeting math standards. “McKinley and other schools have carefully analyzed student achievement data and provided extra resources to students who need the most help. The hard work is paying off.”
A majority of local students met, exceeded or nearly met standards in both English and math. In English, the figure was 72 percent, and in math it was 67 percent. Throughout the school district, 48 percent of students met or exceeded standards in English, a 3 percent increase over the prior year. In math, 39 percent of students met or exceeded standards, a 5 percent increase over last year.
While all ethnic subgroups showed growth, some grew faster than others, and some outperform others. The school district will analyze the latest data carefully as it works to accelerate achievement especially among African American students, English learners, special education students and homeless/foster populations.
Parents began receiving individual student reports last month.
View a detailed report of LBUSD’s most recent student achievement data from the Board of Education’s Aug. 15 public workshop.