No word in our local media, but one of our local high schools — Ghidotti Early College High School — made statewide news this month.
“We got some amazing news last week — Ghidotti ranked #1 statewide on the new CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress),” Principal Noah Levinson wrote in a parent/student newsletter. “That’s out of 2,033 high schools.”
“The test reflects the skills necessary to be successful in college and/or a career. I firmly believe that our school’s achievement is due to Ghidotti’s commitment to teaching these skills. Bravo to the students, parents, Ghidotti staff, and Sierra College faculty!”
The CAASPP System replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, which became inoperative on July 1, 2013.
More than 3.2 million students took part in CAASPP, which includes a number of different assessments, according to the California Department of Education. The most widely tested are the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments in mathematics and English language arts/literacy, which are given in grades three through eight and grade 11.
California State Universities and many community colleges consider high marks on these tests among 11th-grade students a reliable sign of readiness for college-level work.