Academic Performance

37% of Third Graders Meet Academic Standards

Research shows that children who are not proficient readers by the end of third grade are four times more likely to leave school without a diploma than proficient readers, and more likely to end up in a life of crime, impacting public safety.1 In addition, basic math skills are necessary in order to navigate through life, and competence in math is associated with readiness for the workplace and higher future earnings.2 This indicator measures third grade scores for English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics using the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress assessment (CAASPP) results. The CAASPP assessment – a computer-adaptive, end-of-year academic performance test that is aligned with the California’s rigorous Common Core State Standards – replaced the California Standards Tests in 2014/15.

How is San Bernardino County Doing?

In 2016, less than four out of 10 third graders in San Bernardino County met or exceeded ELA/literacy standards:

  • 37% of third graders in the county met or exceeded standards for ELA/literacy in 2016, the lowest rate among counties compared and the state.
  • By contrast, 51% of third graders in San Diego County met or exceeded ELA/literacy standards, 49% in Orange County, 41% in Los Angeles County and 40% in Riverside County. The percentage of third graders who met or exceeded ELA/literacy standards in California was 43%.
  • Fully 65% of Asian students met or exceeded standards, compared with 50% of Caucasian students, 31% of Latino students and 25% of African American students.
  • Only 29% of economically disadvantaged students met or exceeded ELA/literacy standards, compared with 57% of not economically disadvantaged students.
  • For children whose parents were not high school graduates, 20% met or exceeded standards, compared with 27% of those whose parents graduated high school and 56% for those whose parents have a college degree or higher.
  • 17% of children classified as English Learners met or exceeded ELA/literacy standards, compared with 39% of those who are English only.
  • Only 13% of students with disabilities met or exceeded ELA/literacy standards, compared with 38% of students with no reported disability.

Similarly, less than four out of 10 third graders in San Bernardino County met or exceeded mathematics standards:

  • 37% of third graders in the county met or exceeded standards for mathematics, the lowest among counties compared and the state.
  • More than half (55%) of Orange County’s third graders met or exceeded math standards, 52% of student in San Diego, 45% in Los Angeles, and 41% in Riverside. In California, 46% of students met or exceeded math standards.
  • 72% of Asian students met or exceeded math standards, compared with 52% of Caucasian students, 32% of Latino students and 22% of African American students.
  • For children whose parents were not high school graduates, 21% met or exceeded standards, compared with 27% of those whose parents graduated high school and 58% for those whose parents have a college degree or higher.
  • 29% of students who are economically disadvantaged met or exceeded math standards, compared to 58% of those students not economically disadvantaged.
  • Only 21% of students who are classified as English Learners met or exceeded math standards, compared to 40% who are classified English only.
  • Only 16% of students with disabilities met or exceeded math standards, compared with 40% of students with no reported disability.