PUSD students lead on CAASPP science assessments

PHS teacher John Savage teaching Honors Chemistry in the new STEAM building

Piedmont students ranked first of all K-12 California school districts in 2022 state science assessments, according to a Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD) press release on Dec. 5.

Close to 75% of students met or exceeded the state standards. (In comparison, 40% of students in Alameda County and 29.45% of students in California met or exceeded state science standards.) PUSD’s percentage of 5th- and 8th-graders who met or exceeded state standards was the highest in the state of all K-12/K-8 school districts.

Piedmont ranks among the top three K-12 school districts in California in English Language Arts and Math.

The California Assessments of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is a collection of computer-based assessments in English Language Arts/Literacy, Mathematics and now, Science. The CAASPP replaced the paper-based Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program in 2014. Last spring, Piedmont students in grades 3–8, and 11, participated in the 2021-22 CAASPP for English Language Arts and Math, while students in grades 5, 8, and 12, participated in the California Science Test (CAST).

PUSD showed an improvement of more than six percentage points from the previous year and is over four percentage points higher than its pre-pandemic numbers from 2018-19.

PUSD ‘Met or Exceeded’ Percentages – Science:

2018-19 70.11%
2019-20 No Data due to COVID
2020-21 68.86%
2021-22 74.95%

View Piedmont’s full results HERE.

View results for ELA and math HERE

“We congratulate our students for their outstanding performance on the California Science Test and setting the standard among school districts in the state,” said PUSD Interim Superintendent, Dr. Donald Evans. “In addition, much appreciation to our educators for their dedication in finding innovative methods to teach this important subject and help our students succeed.”

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