In time for National Arts in Education Week, test scores released last month reveal continued dramatic improvement as students in the Chula Vista Elementary School District outperformed the state and county averages of their peers in English Language Arts and mathematics.
SDYS has been operating the Community Opus Project after school music program in Chula Vista since 2010; the program has helped demonstrate the value of music education to CVESD, leading to a $15 million Title I commitment to the arts.
These are the first test scores released since that commitment was announced. The Union Tribune provides insight in their recent article:
“Overall, 62% of District students in grades 3-6 met or exceeded standards in English Language Arts, which reflects 7% growth over the prior year. In math, which has been particularly challenging for students under the new standards, 49% of District students met or exceeded standards, compared to 44% at the county level. This reflects 6% growth for CVESD over the prior year. A 3-5% increase or decrease is considered statistically significant.”
SDYS’ Community Opus Project, which reaches students in all schools within the district is considered significantly responsible for wide ranging improvements not only in student academic performance, but also in student behavior, attendance, and family and community involvement.
In contrast to Chula Vista’s success, test scores also show that other students in the South Bay are struggling behind their peers.