Palo Alto Unified School District seeks to build an awareness around data that is both transparent and accessible. Our work centers on examining student data to better inform our practices at the classroom, site and district levels.

2015-16 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress

Spring 2016 CAASPP Results Expected to be Mailed Out in Late September

Last spring, students across the state in grades 3-8 and 11 took part in the 2016 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which included computer-adaptive tests for English–Language Arts and Mathematics.  These tests, developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), assess the Common Core State Standards. Students in grades 5, 8, and 10 also participated in CAASPP by taking the paper-based tests for Science.

PAUSD expects to receive Student Score Reports in early September. By late September, parents and guardians will be mailed individual student score reports for CAASPP, which will include detailed information about their child’s performance.  An Infinite Campus message will be pushed out to parents and guardians as the CAASPP mailing process begins.  In the meantime, several resources are available now to aid parents and guardians as they learn more about the assessment system and interpret the reports:

Parent Resources for Understanding the 2015-16 Student Score Report

Additional CAASPP Parent Resources

California High School Exit Examination

Senate Bill (SB) 172 (Liu) was signed by Governor Brown on October 7, 2015. This law suspends the administration of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) and the requirement that students completing grade twelve successfully pass the high school exit examination as a condition of receiving a diploma of graduation from high school for the 2015–16, 2016–17, and 2017–18 school years. Click here for more information.

2014-15 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress Resources

CAASPP replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program, and is the new state academic testing program.  This year, CAASPP includes the Smarter Balanced computer adaptive tests in English–Language Arts and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 11, as well as paper-based tests for Science in grades 5, 8, and 10. It is intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and to ensure all students leave high school ready for college and future careers.  Below are a variety of resources to aid parents and students as they learn more about this new assessment system. 

September 2015 Update - Student CAASPP results will be mailed soon!

Letter from Superintendent Max McGee          English   Spanish                 Moving Beyond the Bubble, CA PTA Site                 

Early Assessment Program Student Letter       English   Spanish                  Universal Tools Video

Accessibility and Accountability Information    English   Spanish                  CAASPP Testing System Overview

Creating a Computer Adaptive Assessment     English   Spanish                  Frequently Asked Questions

Smarter Balanced Fact Sheets                           English   Spanish                  Smarter Balanced Practice Tests  

Student Achievement 

Student Achievement results are presented annually to the Board of Education in the fall of each year. These reports focus on the Strategic Plan goals as well as other measures.

High School Guidance Program Review (March 2012)

Gunn High School and Palo Alto High School serve relatively similar communities, with different guidance counseling models. The purpose of this report is to articulate these guidance models for the Board and the broader PAUSD community, to identify the strengths of each school's model, and to suggest areas of enhancement for each school and for the District. The Appendix to this report contains the detailed project scope and work plan.

Student feedback came through a combination of focus groups and an extensive anonymous student survey, administered at Gunn and Paly High Schools.

Calendar Transition Plans (March 2012)

The following report on transitional planning for the calendar will be presented at the Board Meeting on April 24, 2012. Included are preliminary results from the Calendar Survey administered to students in March and April 2012.

As per discussions by the Board on April 24, 2012 and November 29, 2011, a Calendar Survey was designed to provide baseline data about students’ experiences with the 2011-12 Academic Calendar. The survey was open for nearly two months, from March 5, 2012 to May 1, 2012. A random sample of students from grades 9 - 12 was asked to complete the survey. Our response rate overall was 36%.