California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)


September 10, 2015


Dear Staff & Friends of East Side Union High School District,

The 2014-2015 school year marked the first year that the country took the new Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts/Literacy and Math. The following is an executive summary of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) scores from Spring 2014 for East Side Union High School District and Santa Clara County.

The following are key highlights:

  • When looking at the new CAASPP data, we are only able to look at the results for one year, and therefore, cannot make conclusions about trends or growth.
  • The California Standards Test (CST) evaluated students based on an old set of standards; therefore, we cannot make conclusions about students performing better or worse on the new CAASPP tests. Nonetheless, we have a higher percentage of students meeting or exceeding standards on the new CAASPP ELA and Math tests than we had students scoring proficient or above on the 2012-2013 CSTs in ELA and Math.
  • The tests include performance tasks that challenge students to demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving, and to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems.
  • This year’s results will establish a new baseline for the progress we expect students to make over time, which was not possible in California’s previous system.
  • Only high school students in grade 11 took the CAASPP. These students took the grade 11 CAASPP regardless of the course they were enrolled in. For example, a student enrolled in Geometry and a student enrolled in Calculus will take the same test.
  • 60% of ESUHSD students met or exceeded the standard in ELA.
  • 39% of ESUHSD students met or exceeded the standard in Math.

The district expects to receive individual student test scores in September. These will be mailed to parents within 20 days of receipt. 


Click here to read more and view charts which provide additional detailed information for the district, county, state and individual schools for grade 11 students. 


Chris D. Funk

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"Education is the great equalizer. As Superintendent, I recognize that our greatest challenge is to ensure that every student will meet or exceed grade level standards based on local, state or federal assessments. This must be our mantra. However, our educational system has become one of privilege and not one of a right that every child deserves, especially low-income students of color. We need leadership that brings back the privilege for all students and holds the entire organization responsible for attaining the goal of providing every student a world-class education regardless of their economic, gender or cultural background."

Chris D. Funk, Superintendent
East Side Union High School District
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Office of the Superintendent

Name Position Phone
 Chris D. Funk
 Superintendent  408-347-5010
 Mary Guillen  Administrative Secretary  408-347-5011
 Linda Ornelas  Director of Marketing & Public Engagement  408-347-5014
   Main Number  408-347-5000 
   Superintendent's Office - Fax  408-347-5015

News and Information

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Superintendent’s Newsletters/Communications

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The Board of Trustees and administrators of the East Side Union High School District are deeply committed to improving its schools.  We are committed to providing support for each and every child to be successful, in school and in life.  We are committed to giving our students the tools and skills to thrive in the global economy and to be life-long learners who can successfully adapt-and contribute-to society's changes.

When Governor Brown signed the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) into law, it changed the rules on how state money is allocated to school districts and how districts can spend those funds.  LCAP stands for a Local Control Accountability Plan, which each school district must write to explain its goals and strategies for improving achievement for all students. The plan details how these funds will be used to increase and improve services for students.  


Common Core State Standards

Education beyond high school is becoming more and more necessary in order to make a wage that would support a family.  Yet, not all students graduate high school prepared to enter college or post secondary options.  In order to ensure all students are prepared for success in college and careers, regardless of ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic status the US Department of Education, along with The Council of Chief State School Officers and The National Governors Association, embarked on a mission to implement the Common Core State Standards in all states.