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By Kristina Pritchett

Recent California Smarter Balanced Assessment result scores show student performance in Capistrano Unified School District has improved overall.

According to district officials, 69 percent of CUSD students met or exceeded the standard in English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy and 59 percent met or exceeded the standard in math.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment system uses computer tests and performance tasks to allow students to show what they know and what they are capable of doing. The test is based off the Common Core Standards for English language arts, literacy and math.

In the elementary schools, 65 percent of CUSD students met or exceeded the standards in ELA/Literacy (a 3 percent increase from last year) and 60 percent met or exceeded the standard in math (a six percent increase).

“Overall, I was very pleased with students’ math scores,” said Curt Visca, Palisades Elementary principal. “Doing a two-year comparison, there were significant gains in most categories—concepts and procedures, problem-solving and modeling, data and communicating reasoning.”

The scores were considered partial results and do not include 100 percent of all the students tested across the state. The remainder of the results will be included in a fall 2016 update.

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