Oak Park CAASPP scores higher than surrounding schools

Oak Park continues trend of high scores


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Oak Park High School continues to improve already high scores.

After half a year, it was announced that Oak Park High School placed within the top 1% of California schools on the standardized California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress testing, more commonly known as the CAASPP test.

91% of Oak Park students met the English standard and 74% met the math standard in 2019.One of the factors that contributed in last year’s high scores is Oak Park High Schools’ academic rigor. OPHS is ranked 85th out of 2493 high schools in California placing us in the top 4%.

The number of students that met the English portion’s standard increased by 3% from the previous year. Oak Park also did better in both math and English sections than any other public high school in Ventura County.

Principal Kevin Buchanan visited 11th grade English classes the week prior to the tests and gave a presentation to the students, emphasizing the importance to the school of doing well on the standardized testing.

“His presentation actually inspired me to do my best on [the tests],” senior Lou Perini said. “Many students were unaware of how reflective of the school these test scores are and this presentation planned to help change that.”

Oak Park is in the bottom 4% of schools in California when it comes to school funding and has the lowest per-pupil funding in Ventura County. As a result of this, the district has asked parents to support schools in its efforts to continue to increase progress on these tests.