Garden Grove Unified School District Students Show Growth on State Test


Garden Grove Unified School District (GGUSD) students demonstrated significant growth and exceeded state averages at all grade levels in both Math and English on the state’s Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments (SBAC) test, according to results released by the state Department of Education this week.  This is the third year of results from the SBAC test which is administered as part of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).  

An impressive 67% of GGUSD students met or exceeded standards in English-Language Arts (ELA) in 11th grade and 55% of 3rd graders met or exceeded standards in Math.  Growth in the percentage of students meeting or exceeding state standards in math has surpassed the state and county average in all grade levels. In ELA, overall growth in the percentage of students meeting and exceeding standards also beat the county and state average. 

“We are proud of our teachers for implementing complex teaching strategies that have helped our students master rigorous standards and excel on state tests,” said Bob Harden, Board of Education trustee.  “We are confident that our district’s strategic focus on scholarly habits, motivation, and the growth mindset will lead to continued growth in academic outcomes for our students.”

GGUSD scores on the 2017 SBAC improved considerably across all grade levels from 2015, and most grade levels saw steady growth from 2016. Over two years, students who met or exceeded standards grew from 39% to 47% in Math and from 49% to 57% in ELA. In third, sixth and eighth grade ELA and eighth grade Math, GGUSD students outperformed the Orange County average of students who met or exceeded state standards.  Of the 140 school districts in California serving a student population with a free or reduced lunch percentage of 65% or higher, GGUSD is the highest performing district for both Math and ELA on the 2017 SBAC.

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