As district leaders are getting their first access to last spring's California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), reactions are extremely positive. Carmel Unified School District Superintendent Scott Laurence said, "We knew this test was going to focus heavily on critical thinking and analysis and would be more challenging than the state's previous test. We are proud of our teachers' professional efforts to transition to the new state standards and our students' ability to convey their learning on this first-time online assessment." Mr. Laurence went on to acknowledge, "These positive results are a testament to the hard and conscientious work of our staff, the great support our students and District receive from family members, the strong backing of our governing board, and, of course, our students' dedication and work habits." During the past three years the district has focused on implementing one-to-one technology and critical writing skills in order to equip students to succeed. CUSD students ranked first among all Monterey County school districts in both the English/Language Arts and the Mathematics components when students in the 3rd through 8th grades and in the 11th grade took the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) for the first time earlier this year. Eighty percent of the CUSD students met or exceeded standards in English and Language Arts, and 68 percent met or exceeded those standards in Math, among California's top scores. Since this is the first year of the test was given, the results provide a strong baseline from which to springboard into future improvements. CUSD Board President Rita Patel stated, "In the coming weeks, we plan on celebrating our accomplishments with the staff and students. At the same time, we'll be digging deeper into the data to find ways to continue to improve our instructional program and outcomes for students." Mr. Laurence will be discussing the scores and sharing detailed information with the CUSD Board at its upcoming meeting on October 7. The scores are publicly available at http://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/sb2015/default.