API scores drop for many South County schools

The California Department of Education announced the Academic Performance Index (API) scores for schools statewide. In South County, many of the API scores fell and only a few schools managed to meet all requirements in the target growth area.

The target growth requirements are based on school wide demographics, as well student subgroups, to determine if each group is achieving the proficiency number and other factors.

For the Anderson Union High School District, Anderson New Technology was the only school to meet all targets, however, like Anderson Union and West Valley high schools, the charter high school’s API score dropped.

New Tech fell 27 points to 806, still staying above the 800 mark the state set. West Valley on the other hand dropped from 814 to 788, and Anderson fell 10 points to 737.

The elementary districts didn’t fair much better.

In the Cascade Union Elementary School District, none of the districts three schools met their target growth requirements. Anderson Heights fell 23 points to 732, Meadow Lane dropped 12 points to 796 and Anderson Middle School fell 23 points to 735.

The Cottonwood Union School District saw two of its schools API scores drop, but they stayed at or above the 800 mark – North Cottonwood scored 800 and West Cottonwood scored 808. Cottonwood Creek Charter School saw a jump of 29 points to 839, and was the only district school to meet all target growth areas.

Happy Valley Primary saw a modest four point gain to 813, while Happy Valley Elementary fell 22 points to 794. Neither school met the target growth requirements.

Both Pacheco Elementary and Prairie Elementary saw their API scores fall, but unlike Pacheco, Prairie met all target growth areas.Pacheco’s API score fell from 786 to 767 and Prairie fell from 840 to 811. Evergreen Elementary moved up two points to 886 and Evergreen Middle moved up seven points to 855.

To see the full report visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/apireports.asp

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wonderofitall writes:

This is a problem which can be better addressed if the districts unify. A continuous curriculum, with student performance being tracked across 13 years of attendance, is a strong tool to improve these kinds of scores. Not to mention all the other "economies of scale" which would generate efficiency gains for other areas of operation.


Vote for Haden and Stemmler

Vote "YES" on Measure C

(And, to the new boards at all the districts...) Please re-visit the idea of unification. It is never too late to do the right thing.

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