Capo Students Make Steady Gains in STAR Scores

While no huge leaps like last year, students in 2-11 grades make progress in most subject areas.

The made steady gains on this year’s statewide subjects-based testing, according to the California Department of Education, which released the results publicly today.

Results from the Standardized Testing and Reporting program shows small increases in how Capo’s second-11th graders score in English  and math, with the biggest gains in the sciences.

Students take the tests in spring, and they’re placed into one of five categories based on performance:

  • Advanced
  • Proficient
  • Basic
  • Below Basic
  • Far Below Basic

The state and districts add together the percentage of students who fall into the top two categories to determine how well students are doing.

The percentage of CUSD students scoring at proficient or advanced levels on English assessments grew from 75 percent to 76.5 percent and from 68 percent to 69 percent in mathematics, according to the district.

Capo fares well when compared to Orange County and the state as a whole.

Countywide, 65.6 percent of students scored proficient or above in English tests; that  number was 57.2 percent of students statewide. In math, 61.7 percent of county students scored proficient or better;, 51.5 percent did so statewide.

“These scores indicate that our emphasis on improving our instructional practices is the right path for this district to take,” school board President Gary Pritchard said in a press release. “This community should be proud that this district and its employees have, despite continued budget challenges, continued their emphasis on providing an extraordinary educational environment for each of our students that prepares them for college, a career, and life.”

Last year, in the percentage totals. Ten areas were highlighted. This year, only three groups of students excelled by at least a 5-point margin, all in the sciences. They were:

  • High school juniors in chemistry
  • High school freshmen in earth science
  • High school juniors in earth science
Sharon Y August 31, 2012 at 07:07 PM
Thanks penny. With the budget constraints CUSD is facing we need to congratulate our teachers and CUSD trustees for these results These numbers support why I will encourage voting for Pritchard and Alpay for election.
Capo Parent August 31, 2012 at 07:22 PM
You may want to start by congratulating the parents and students. In case you didn't know education starts at home. That is why kids in higher socio-economic areas do better. They have parents who actively promote education and take an active role in their kids education. A prime example is the STAR test results at OPA and what its projected API score will be. Also thank the students first and foremost since they took the test and to perform well in order to get good test scores. As for thanking the trustees, what a joke. Tell me what trustee or trustees directly influenced the STAR testing results
Sharon Y August 31, 2012 at 07:28 PM
It's a community effort. Not just trustees or teachers. Since the trustees and teachers always get bashed on this fringe blog I wanted to congratulate them too. We have stability in CUSD. That's what the voters wanted. In tough times everyone pulled together and the test scores show this. OPA might do well. I hope that for their students they do but their demographics don't represent CUSD
Capo Parent August 31, 2012 at 09:34 PM
The trustees who sold out CUSD have been bashed for selling out CUSD at the expense of its students. They have run CUSD into the ground, requiring wholesale cutting and slashing of programs and services, and the prospect of 15 furlough days. As for your claim that OPA students do not represent the demographics of CUSD, what demographics are you referring to? Take a look at at the elementary schools in Ladera Ranch and explain how their demographics differ from OPA. Before making wild a** statements try checking the actual facts.
Sharon Y August 31, 2012 at 10:12 PM
OPA needs to reflect CUSD. Esl. Lunch programs. Special Ed. Minorities. Not Ladera. That is the way a charter school is measured. Their exec director is paid over $250 per student! That's not right. you and your handful of friends who supported the wholesale theft of monies from CUSD under your sad previous board should be ashamed of yourselves.
Erika Schulte September 01, 2012 at 12:20 AM
It's not a "theft" of monies. The ADA follows the student. Parents have a right to a choose, whether it is their traditional neighborhood school, homeschooling, private school, or other district options such as magnet schools, dual-immersion schools, or charters.
Michele Benjamin September 01, 2012 at 01:24 PM
$250/kid ???!!! Outrageous.
Frieda Wales September 01, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Congratulations Capo Unified Students and Teachers!
Sharon Y September 01, 2012 at 04:58 PM
Erika. The "theft of money" comment was about the huge amounts of money the previous board awarded to Reardon and their other campaign donors and supporters not the ADA monies that follow the students. But you did raise a good point about Roche's salary. She is paid almost $200k a year to administer a school with very few students. That is outrageous. OPA would sail along very nicely if their most vocal supporters weren't the same people that have been trying to tear down CUSD for years. Julie and friends should be happy with their kids results but they are still working to divide our district. Stability is what I want. OPA boosters will only hurt their school if they become political and divisive
Sharon Y. September 01, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I have read these blogs over the last few years and have been shocked a few times but never have seen anyone threaten someone like the FAKE Sharon has done here. So IMHO I am going to give my insight as the real Sharon, I believe the FAKE Sharon is Alpay. Why do I say this …..Alpay likes to bully and threaten, he has done it before and he continues. He also has no respect for democracy, as seen in the budget meeting in June 2012 and heard by many on the patch story. He shuts down democracy and then threatens private citizens not to get involved in an election, Sharon or Alpay who ever you are your behavior is appalling and shameful. OPA absolutely should voice loud and clear who they support and as a blessed American citizen has the god given right to, how dare you threaten OPA parents. Fake Sharon, who is either Alpay or is channeling Alpay go crawl back in your hole and only come Back when you can show a ounce of respect for this great country of the free!!!
Capo Parent September 04, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Sharon Y (the fake one) Just say no, drugs are a terrible thing. Sadly, only drugs can explain your irrational rantings. Of course, I could be wrong and you actually need drugs to become rational. By the way, how does one steal one's own money? Also, you complain about the salary of OPA's executive director, but you are silent about the fact that CUSD pays the full salary & benefits of the head of the teachers union, and she does no teaching or work of any kind for CUSD. You my dear are a union shrill and tool. I think the real Sharon Y. is right, you're really "I'llpay."
Capo Parent September 04, 2012 at 05:58 PM
I assume you have the same reaction to the fact that CUSD spends approx. $225,000 to pay the salaries & benefits of the presidents of the two largest unions in CUSD, neither of whom do any work for CUSD. At least the OPA executive director is heavily involved in OPA and is thus heavily involved in providing education opportunities to students in CUSD. The same can't be said for the union presidents. I assume you find that outrageous as well.
Capo Parent September 04, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Sharon Y (the fake one) You can't help repeating lies and mistruths. The prior board did not award large sums of money to Reardon and others. Instead, the board approved a settlement its insuring agency and the attorney that agency had appointed to represent CUSD had worked out. You and the other "liars" that post here always fail to mention that the insuring agency specifically warned the former board that if it did not approve the settlement the insuring agency would pull its coverage and the legal representation of CUSD, leaving CUSD exposed to paying millions of dollars out of pocket for defense costs and judgments against it. [I know this is hard for your limited brain to comprehend, but the insuring agency didn't recommend settlements totaling in excess of $600,000 because it thought CUSD could WIN. It negotiated the settlements and paid every cent of the settlements because it believed CUSD would LOOSE, and that the amount of the judgments against CUSD would greatly exceed the dollar amounts of the negotiated settlements. Another example of how you don't let the facts and the truth get in the way of your fiction.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Capo Parent, PLEASE make your points without belittling. I'll have to start deleting comments. Again.
Capo Parent September 04, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Penny You're funny (in a good way) given that Sharon Y is deliberately trying to confuse herself with Sharon Y. and what Sharon Y (the fake one) has posted over the last two to three weeks.


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