South Pasadena Unified Students Place in Top Five California K-12 Unified Districts on English Language Arts and Math Statewide Assessments

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (September 27, 2017) – Reports on English language arts and math statewide assessments completed by students in Spring 2017 revealed a seven and five percent increase respectively, from the prior year, in students meeting and exceeding standards district-wide. On Tuesday, the California Department of Education released the detailed 2016-2017 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) results for students in grades three through eight.  These results place South Pasadena students in the top five of all K-12 unified school districts in California. 

            “Our students are continuously improving,” said Christiane Gervais, Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD). “Strong academic growth and student progress is indicative of an educational system that is working well. Our exemplary teachers are helping students meet and exceed California standards in their classrooms, and with the help of supportive parents, administrators and staff, students are seeing positive results.”

            The assessments for ELA and mathematics are based on California’s challenging academic standards, which include the ability to write clearly, think critically and solve problems.  2016-2017 district-wide results show that 84 percent of students met or exceeded ELA standards and 79 percent of students met or exceeded Math standards (an increase from the prior year in both ELA and math). 

            “We are seeing year-over-year success with CAASPP testing for our students,” said SPUSD Superintendent Geoff Yantz.  “Our team of teachers, staff, administrators, and parents ensure that students are learning and excelling in the state standards.  District-wide, strategic goals keep us focused on the best ways for students to succeed, and we’re experiencing terrific results.”

In July, parents and guardians received individual student score reports. The reports detail an overall score for each subject and information for how each child performed in different skill areas associated with English language arts/literacy and mathematics. If a child tested in 2015 and 2016, the score report presents three years of data, which allows parents and guardians to view a child’s progress over time. More information about CAASPP testing including videos and guides to understanding the score reports and assessments may be found here:

About South Pasadena Unified School District

Established in 1886, the South Pasadena Unified School District (SPUSD) serves approximately 4,800 students within five schools including three elementary schools, one middle school and one comprehensive high school in South Pasadena, California.  Nestled in the West San Gabriel Valley, SPUSD has earned a reputation of providing high quality public education, attracting families who value challenging academic programs and outstanding teachers. Consistently recognized for superior performance, SPUSD students earn honors at the local, state and national level.  The District draws vital support from parents and community members through the South Pasadena Educational Foundation, local PTAs and booster clubs.



For more information, contact: South Pasadena Unified School District, Office of the Superintendent at [email protected].