Alta Loma Students Keep Getting Better
The Alta Loma School District ranked eighth in California over the last school year for student improvement in math among 78 school districts of similar size and demographics across the state.
That was just one of many highlights for the district following last month’s release of the 2018-2019 statewide California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. The CAASPP is one way the state measures student progress toward college and career readiness.
ALSD students continued to show steady improvement and score among the top tier in the state, according to the report from the California Department of Education.
“California standards are exceptionally high, and the fact that we have nearly 70 percent proficiency rate in language arts is outstanding,” said ALSD Superintendent James Moore. “When you look at districts of similar size and demographics, and all of the factors that go into that equation, we’re among the top 10 percent in the state. And while we are extremely proud of our achievements, we will continue to work hard until all of our students are meeting or exceeding standards.”
The most recent CAASPP results showed ALSD students improved nearly half a percentage point in English language arts and 4.1 percent in mathematics over 2017-2018. District ELA results showed that 68.24 percent of Alta Loma students in grades 3 through 8 who took the tests online during the spring either met or exceeded English Language Arts standards. That figure is up from 67.75 percent a year ago.
The district’s math scores showed a more dramatic improvement, with 58 percent of ALSD students meeting or exceeding standards. That marked a higher growth in math in one year than the state, county or any surrounding district.
Over the past four years, district-wide student achievement has jumped 10 percentage-points in both English language arts and mathematics.
“Students in Alta Loma continue to score high and continue to show growth in both ELA and math. We are very proud of our students and everyone's focused efforts,” said Lori Thompson, ALSD associate superintendent of educational services.
“As a district we made higher growth in math in one year than the county or any surrounding district,” she said.
In addition, Alta Loma scored well above San Bernardino County and statewide numbers as well. Across California, 51 percent of students met or exceeded standards in English language arts and 40 percent in math. In San Bernardino County, those numbers were 45 percent in ELA and 31 percent in math. However, state and county figures also include 11th grade test scores, which tend to raise overall scores across the board. Alta Loma scores measures students in third through eighth grades.
“The fact that we’re outperforming county and statewide averages is not an accident,” Moore said. “It’s the result of hard work by our teachers and instructional specialists.
English Language Arts
- 68 percent of ALSD students in grades 3-8 scored at the standard met exceeded” levels;
- 2018-2019 scores increased .4 percent over 2017-2018;
- The percentage of students scoring at the “standard exceeded” level increased from 32.25 percent to 32.5 percent.
- 59 percent of ALSD students in grades 3-8 scored at the standard met exceeded” levels;
- 2018-2019 scores increased 4 percent over 2017-2018;
- The percentage of students scoring at the “standard exceeded” level increased from 28.35 percent to 30.4 percent.
ALSD also showed its lowest percentage of students scoring at the “did not meet standards” in both categories.
There were 6,001 students enrolled in the Alta Loma School District last year. There are about 1,000 school districts in California. Approximately one-third of those enroll more than 4,000 students, and 145 of that number have fewer than 9,000 students. There are 78 school districts that share a similar size and unduplicated student rate as ALSD.