STAR Test Results: Capo Students Outpace Others in O.C., State

More students in the Capistrano Unified School District scored "advanced" or "proficient" in math, science, English and history than last year.

Nearly three-quarters of all second-through-11th-grade students in are either advanced or proficient in English, according to the latest round of test scores the California Department of Education released Monday.

Capistrano Unified students from across the grade levels improved in almost all academic subject areas, the 2011 Standardized Testing and Reporting Program results show.

The results show "that that CUSD students are being properly prepared for the challenges of college and business in the real world beyond," said district Trustee .

When adding all of the students in all subject areas the California Standards Test examined in 2011, Capo students saw several-point improvements.  For example, the 74.7 percent of students in second through 11th grades who scored either “advanced” or “proficient” in English improved 2.9 point compared to the 2010 scores.

Capo students far outpaced Orange County students as a whole, 62 percent of whom the tests found advanced or proficient in English. The statewide figure is 54.4 percent.

Bryson credited the leadership of Superintendent Joseph Farley and Julie Hatchel, assistant superintendent of education services. 

"This is the sure path to greater excellence in CUSD, to press on to the building of stronger solid core values with every technique and methodology available to us," she said.

In English, there was only one grade whose scores went down in Capo Unified. Sixth-graders in 2011 scored one point less than their counterparts in 2010. They also scored two points less in math.

Some Dips in Math Scores

As a whole, math scores went up for students between second and seventh grades. Seventy-three percent of Capo’s students scored either advanced or proficient, 4.9 points higher than last year.  Countywide, 60.1 percent of students are proficient or advanced in math. That figure is 50.3 percent for students across the state.

There were some isolated dips in math scores in the upper grades. Ninth- and 10th-graders’ scores went down for Algebra I classes, dropping from 60 to 57 percent for ninth-graders and from 24 to 21 percent for 10th graders.

Algebra II students in 11th grade also saw their numbers go down, from 21 percent to 19 percent. The only other group of students to see their scores decrease over the 2010 results was ninth-graders in earth science. In 2011, 41 percent were either advanced or proficient, compared to 44 percent in 2010.

Overall in science, the number of Capistrano Unified students in fifth, eighth and 10th grades testing proficient or advanced jumped five points, from 74 percent in 2010 to 79 percent in 2011. Countywide, that figure is 67.7 percent and 57 percent statewide.

Individual grades that saw at least a five-point increase over last year’s scores include:

  • Fourth-graders in math
  • Fifth-graders in math
  • Ninth-graders in Algebra II
  • Eighth-graders in history/social science
  • Ninth-graders in world history
  • Fifth-graders in life science
  • 10th graders in life science
  • 11th graders in biology
  • 10th graders in earth science
  • 11th graders in physics

Coming up tomorrow, we'll take a look at how English-learners scored on the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program.

Capo mom August 19, 2011 at 12:42 AM
jollygirl, This is getting embarrassing. How many times do you have to be schooled? You have been wrong about the success of CUSD immersion program, the value of evaluation and CUSD coaches http://ocvarsity.freedomblogging.com/2011/08/16/football-athletic-director-hamro-takes-over-coaching-reins-at-san-clemente/182127/ Don't worry, your pension isn't jeopardized. Please be honest.
Reality Check August 19, 2011 at 12:47 AM
In broad, general terms they are always meaningful to stakeholders. It is an annual picture of the students in the district at a given point in time. It can be compared to one of those frames with 13 portrait holes, only you use a little family portrait every time. From year to year, hair styles change, the teenagers opt out, the little ones get taller, but year after year the smiles remain and the family stays intact. That's what this test shows: kids in 13-year cycles, growing and changing, but overall a happy family. I get meaningful educational results from a Chapter Test. But I don't get to share those with the world. So I accept the STAR as that opportunity. As do many of my colleagues and most of my students and their parents. Capo mom, you seem bothered that I use personal experience/observations to illustrate my opinions. Yet you also accuse me of spouting institutional dogma. You seem difficult to please. Has anyone else ever mentioned that?
Pam Sunderman August 19, 2011 at 12:48 AM
Another surreal post...what do the potential misdeeds of a few have anything to do with this subject? I wouldn't judge every parent based on your ignorance and venom. Why do you think it is credible to judge an entire profession as one entity? I have asked you before...can you share one positive experience with a teacher? Things are not true just because you say them over and over.
Reality Check August 19, 2011 at 12:51 AM
Yet she is right far more often.... are you keeping your own score, Capo mom?
Capo mom August 19, 2011 at 01:05 AM
The use of your personal experience doesn't bother me at all. I don't give it much credit. Regarding my expectations, my Democratic block captain says the same thing. Performance pleases me.
Capo mom August 19, 2011 at 01:09 AM
Reality Check August 19, 2011 at 01:11 AM
My mistake to have missed your compliment on our performance. I apologize for having mistaken your pleasure for the same ol' same ol' from you. You disguised it well.
Pam Sunderman August 19, 2011 at 01:17 AM
So....not one single positive experience to report?
Reality Check August 19, 2011 at 01:33 AM
I think she's limited to anti-union dogma, jollygirl. And you know better than to hold your breath.
M August 19, 2011 at 03:55 AM
Capo mom...your tendenacy is to generalize too much and stating what you think are THE facts. Your opinions would be worth considering IF you did not do this so much.
Capo mom August 19, 2011 at 04:01 AM
You aren't very tolerant, jollygirl. There is nothing surreal in my comments. I have committed no misdeeds and ask for no excuses. My opinion doesn't make me ignorant or venomous just because it is different from yours. But your dogmatism with regard to different perspectives is revealing and might explain a number of "gaps". Lucky for my kids there are standardized tests.
Capo mom August 19, 2011 at 04:04 AM
gee thanks, I'll give your comment due consideration.
M August 19, 2011 at 04:05 AM
Capo mom here is a blurb to your link regarding Cusd coaches that you chose to cite... Veteran San Clemente football coach Eric Patton has been replaced by interim coach and Tritons athletic director Jon Hamro fewer than three weeks before the start of the season, the school announced Tuesday. Patton has been a key focus of an investigation into a sports equipment and apparel company's alleged kickbacks to Orange County coaches. Hamro, who has been a varsity assistant coach, takes the interim head coach post immediately but there is "no timetable" for how long he will serve in the position, said Marcus Walton, chief communications officer for the Capistrano Unified School District. Patton remains an employee of the district, but Walton declined to comment on whether he will teach or coach at San Clemente this fall. Walton said the district can’t discuss personnel issues. As for not having evidence for "evaluation" as you put it earlier, why wouldn't you cite THIS article? Cusd outpaces others in OC.... Please stay on track here if you're going to share links to support your opinions.
Capo mom August 19, 2011 at 04:10 AM
M August 19, 2011 at 04:14 AM
Anymore articles you'd like to cite about coaches and kick backs OR shall we stay on topic and get back to Cusd outpaces other OC schools? Perhaps you can cite sources about Cusd and Star testing results....after all isn't that THIS discussion?
Capo mom August 19, 2011 at 04:18 AM
Teachers have made comments in this discussion that integrity of staff in this district is not an issue. I beg to differ.
Reality Check August 19, 2011 at 04:44 AM
Begging suits you. Differing seems to be your nature. But if you have any evidence of impropriety regarding testing in our district, please be specific. If not, you're stepping over the line.
Reality Check August 19, 2011 at 05:03 AM
Honestly, it was your opinion(s) that made you appear ignorant. You really can't fault jollygirl for drawing a false conclusion. You cited released test questions (no longer in use) and concluded teachers know the STAR questions in advance. You accused teachers of dismissing the value of evaluation, which was not the case. You refuse to respond to questions about your own experience and dismiss the experience of others as lacking credit. You offer no substance to the discussion, but have worked in your bias against unions, public schools, second language instruction, and even us personally. In contrast, we have offered examples, logic, experience and acceptance of others. Look, it's nothing to be ashamed of. Teachers confront ignorance every day and offer information, acceptance and patience. We are always hopeful that in the final evaluation, every one of us will be judged positively. God willing.
Capo mom August 19, 2011 at 05:17 AM
OMG, call the thought police! Your union is the entity that wants to lump everyone together. They are the collaborative organization, right Reality Check? Will they pay to defend these educators?
Reality Check August 19, 2011 at 05:23 AM
Every American is entitled to a government-provided defense. You and I pay either way. It's the way the justice system works. Oh, wait! You're gonna hate that too, aren't you! That same Constitution that gives you the right to voice your nonsense gives teachers the right to legal defense! Dang!
Pam Sunderman August 19, 2011 at 05:53 AM
Authentic assessment is done with the use of work samples, observation, classroom discussions, student teacher conferencing and tests. It is ongoing and used to guide instruction. It takes place continually in classrooms. Teachers are accountable to the administration, to their peers, to parents and to students. They also reflect on their own performance like most other dedicated workers.
Pam Sunderman August 19, 2011 at 06:02 AM
Still waiting for that one positive experience...but not holding my breath. You state your opinions as facts. We all get that you don't like teachers. But you insist that they are all greedy, uncaring, and now felons. If the union provides an attorney for a teacher (one of the benefits covered by union dues...but VERY limited in scope...I believe a teacher is entitled to a one time consultation) you assume that they condone criminal behavior. You are ignorant...which is not meant as an insult. It is a simple fact that you post misinformation and make false assumptions as a result of your lack of knowledge. I am not tolerant of your insults to my profession.
Pam Sunderman August 19, 2011 at 06:06 AM
Collaboration is a verb. You can collaborate with the enemy but you can also collaborate with colleagues. Two entirely different uses of the verb. Another false assumption drawn with fractured logic.
Reality Check August 19, 2011 at 06:25 AM
Technically, collaboration is a noun, collaborative is an adjective, and to collaborate means to work (labor) together (co-) with any collaborators, friend or foe. For instance, "I will collaborate with any person who believes in equal opportunity and hopes for positive results. Therefore, I cannot collaborate with Capo mom."
Pam Sunderman August 19, 2011 at 06:38 AM
I stand corrected :). I'm also pretty sure that capo mom doesn't believe in collaboration...which leads me to wonder how she became a mom. Perhaps I shouldn't go there but it's late and I'm feeling reckless.
Reality Check August 19, 2011 at 06:58 AM
It's safe to say she doesn't want to collaborate with us. Clearly, she's not up to defending her thoughts. And on a three-day old article, we're collaborating more with Penny at this point. I am pleased to see the district staying focused on learning, and I am hopeful for the future based on collaboration I see on my campus. Thanks for weighing in.
Pam Sunderman August 19, 2011 at 02:38 PM
I'm closing off my comments on this article with a link to an unrelated subject (in the spirit of "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em"). Hey...it IS about education, it DOES bash the teacher, and it DEALS WELL with parent concerns. So it should be acceptable to all. And it is my gift to all in the spirit of "lighten up...things are going well in CUSD!" http://www.ocregister.com/articles/preschool-312629-sad-advice.html
OC Mom August 19, 2011 at 06:33 PM
I believe he also is the author of various books like: What your 5th Grader needs to know. I've bought or borrowed several of the books and find them highly educational and a great supplement to my kids' education.
Shripathi Kamath August 19, 2011 at 07:19 PM
He (Hirsch Jr.) also had an accompanying lexicon for his book on cultural literacy, and I believe that he updated it recently. I recommend it to anyone who wishes to get the Cliff Notes version of the 5,000 odd phrases/concepts/topics that he culled for his book. http://tinyurl.com/3mhymp3 Of course with Google, we can get multiple entries for each of the topics as well. The book was very useful for me several years ago as I worked to assimilate myself into American culture. And it is equally useful today to keep learning and brush up on history, and one is never too old to learn. Hmm, perhaps I can do a blog post on cultural literacy if there was sufficient interest so that those of us so interested can discuss it.
CE August 20, 2011 at 04:24 PM
Yes, but these are past test questions. You seem to be implying that the teachers have access to the test questions in advance. They don't.


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