Bay Area students tested higher in English language skills than they did in math in the Smarter Balanced test, administered every year as the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP.

The following are the percentage of students in each Bay Area county who “Met or Exceeded Standards” in the English test.#1. Marin — 65.35% students “Met or Exceeded Standards”#2. Santa Clara — 62.6% students “Met or Exceeded Standards”#3. San Mateo — 60.98% students “Met or Exceeded Standards”#4. Alameda — 56.05% students “Met or Exceeded Standards”#5. San Francisco — 55.19% students “Met or Exceeded Standards”#6. Contra Costa — 54.45% students “Met or Exceeded Standards”#7. Sonoma — 51.25% students “Met or Exceeded Standards”#8. Napa — 47.44% students “Met or Exceeded Standards”#9. Solano — 44.56% students “Met or Exceeded Standards”[bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”#1. Marin” percent=”65.35″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”#2. Santa Clara” percent=”62.6″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”#3. San Mateo” percent=”60.98″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”#4. Alameda” percent=”56.05″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”#5. San Francisco” percent=”55.19″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”#6. Contra Costa” percent=”54.45″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”#7. Sonoma” percent=”51.25″][bar color=”Extra-Color-1″ title=”#8. Napa” percent=”47.44″][bar color=”Accent-Color” title=”#9. Solano” percent=”44.56″]In every county, English scores are higher than math, and only Napa and Solano counties fell below the state’s met/exceed rate of 49.88 percent. Marin County’s English score was the highest among all 58 counties in the state, with Santa Clara in third place and San Mateo fourth. The lowest score in the Bay Area, Solano County’s 44.56 percent, was better than 25 other counties across the state.

Students in third through eighth grades, plus high school juniors, take the test, which is divided into math and English sections The score is broken into tiers of Exceeded Standards, Met Standards, Nearly Met Standards, or Did Not Meet Standards. The top two, Met or Exceed Standards, are considered to be a “pass.” The test scores are for evaluating schools and don’t impact individual students. The results of the tests, administered late in the 2017-18 school year, were released in October 2018.

Source: California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress 

Daniel J. Willis