Yu Ming shines on SBAC tests

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Yu Ming shines on SBAC tests


Yu Ming starts off strong in new Common Core-aligned tests


The California Department of Education has released the highly anticipated results of its new Common Core-aligned test, and Yu Ming Charter School came out swinging.

Last spring, Yu Ming’s 3rd and 4th grade students (now in 4th and 5th grades) participated in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, also called SBAC for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium that administers the exams.

The assessment covered both English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics.

Overall at Yu Ming, 76 percent of students met or exceeded proficiency standards in English (65 percent exceeded, 11 percent met), and 88 percent of students did the same in math (53 percent exceeded, 35 percent met).

The English Language Arts results are particularly notable since the bulk of instruction at Yu Ming is in Mandarin.

“These results are strong,” said Head of School Sue Park. “Standardized tests are just one of many ways educators evaluate a school’s performance, but these scores are certainly encouraging. They reflect the high caliber of instruction and the incredible work ethic of our students and teachers at Yu Ming.  They also support a growing body of research indicating that students in immersion programs score higher on standardized tests than their peers in mainstream English programs.”

In comparison, nearly 47 percent of Alameda County’s 3rd and 4th grade students met or exceeded proficiency standards in English, and 48 percent met or exceeded standards in math.

Those were higher than statewide figures. On average, 39 percent of 3rd and 4th graders in California met or exceeded standards in English, and nearly 38 percent did the same in math.

Of the 3.1 million California students in grades 3 to 8 and in grade 11 who took the test, 44 percent met or exceeded proficiency standards for English language arts, and 34 percent did so for math. (Fewer than 1 percent of California students opted out of the tests.)

The last standardized test results released for Yu Ming were in 2013, the first year the school participated in state education assessments, known as the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) tests. The students scored well, but it was also the last year those exams were given as the state transitioned to a Common Core curriculum.

Yu Ming had the added challenge of adapting its Mandarin-language curriculum to Common Core standards.

Over the past several years, states that have converted to Common Core standardized tests have shown a marked drop in the percentage of students meeting proficiency standards.

California education officials have emphasized that results from prior state tests should not be compared with the new assessments, since the tests are so different. Instead, this year’s results should form a baseline for future performance, they said.

Park said that parents should receive individual scores in the mail by early next week.

To see a more detailed breakdown of Yu Ming’s scores, go to the CAASPP website.

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