California PTA: Other student outcomes

 

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Other student outcomes include measures of student performance that are not included in the state’s standardized tests. One common outcome measure is student scores and participation in college entrance exams, such as the ACT and SAT. There are also ways to measure outcomes in other areas of study such as physical education, the arts, history/social science, career technical education and foreign languages.

School districts can choose which subjects they highlight and what information they provide. 

Just a few examples include:

  • The opportunities students have for relevant experiences, such as music and drama classes, and success in those subjects
  • Student scores on required physical education tests
  • Community service projects and other types of civic engagement and student leadership opportunities
  • Participation and performance in work-based learning opportunities such as internships
  • The number of graduates who receive the State Seal of Biliteracy for demonstrating a high level of proficiency in two or more languages.

Key questions to ask about other student outcomes:

  1. How well are our students across all student groups doing on college entrance exams such as the SAT or ACT? Do we provide low- or no-cost support services such as tutoring for students to prepare for these tests? What has worked in other communities?
  2. What multiple measures are used to assess and improve student outcomes? Do we regularly track and evaluate students in an ongoing way with less formal assessments, classroom observation or in-class tests?
  3. How can our student outcomes be improved? What actions or investments to improve student outcomes have been made at our school? What best practices are used at other schools that we can try?
  4. How can services for low-income students, English Language Learners and foster youth be improved and increased to enhance their performance outcomes in these study areas? What model programs can we put in place to achieve better outcomes for students with greater challenges?
  5. How can stronger family-school partnerships support student success in these areas? What successful parent engagement practices can we use for teachers and parents to work together to support student learning in class and at home?

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