Impact Academy was recently named as one of the Top Bay Area Public Schools for Underserved Students, in a new report from Innovate Public Schools!
This fall, California published the first year of results for schools on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), which replaces “STAR” testing system in place since the late 1990s. The new system is designed to measure student mastery of the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and math, which California schools started implementing in 2012-2013.
It was expected that the CAASSP would be more challenging for students since the new standards demand more critical thinking skills and represent a major shift in teaching and learning. In this baseline year, across California, only 44% of students met or exceeded standards in English Language Arts and only 33% in math. The scores for low-income students were much lower, revealing an even larger achievement gap than before on this more rigorous test.
IPS’s new report (which you can download at left) examines the 2014-15 test scores to see how low-income Latino and low-income African American students performed across the Bay Area, and then looks specifically at schools in the Bay Area who serve a relatively large proportion of these traditionally underserved groups.
We are excited that Impact Academy is among the 54 Bay Area schools who are doing a great job of serving low-income Latino and African American students! In fact, out of 1200 Bay Area schools, 573 serve a significant number of these underserved students, and only 54 met or exceeded the state averages on the CAASSP for all students in English and Math. Of these, only 15 are high schools. And of all these, Impact is the only high school in the Bay Area where low-income African American students are exceeding the statewide average for all students on the CAASSP math standards.
Congrats to Impact’s dedicated teachers and amazing students for receiving this honor: your hard work has earned this recognition!