Results are out for the first full administration of the Smarter Balanced (SBAC) tests administered to California students in grades 3-8 and grade 11.
California is important because the state educates 11 percent of the nation’s students with disabilities ages 6-21 (622,602 of 5,847,624). It’s also important because the state has been firmly committed to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia for several years, putting lots of money into transitioning to the CCSS. In previous years California administered a modified alternate assessment to a large number of students with disabilities.
Of the 3.2 million students tested in 2015, 313,076 were students with disabilities or 9.6 percent.
In English Language Arts 48 percent of students without disabilities met or exceeded the standard compared to 12 percent of students with disabilities. Seventy-eight percent of students with disabilities did not meet or nearly met the standard compared to 52 percent.
In Math 36 percent of students without disabilities met or exceeded the standard compared to 9 percent of students with disabilities. Ninety-one percent of students with disabilities did not meet or nearly met the standard compared to 63 percent.
These gaps are more troubling when examined at each achievement level. The vast majority of students with disabilities performed at the “Standard Not Met” level – 70 percent in English Language Arts and 75 percent in Math.
Achievement by grade level for each group of students is shown below.
Students with No Disability – English Language Arts
Students with Disabilities – English Language Arts
Students with No Disability – Math
Students with Disabilities – Math