More local schools met or surpassed the coveted 800-or-more mark in state test scores released Monday. Meanwhile, others are making academic progress in annual assessment examinations, but still continue to trail the state average.
The state index ranges from 200 to 1,000 points, and although all schools would like to score at or above the 800-point benchmark, few Galt or Lodi schools have achieved that goal.
Forty-six percent of all California schools are now at or above the overall statewide target API of 800, compared to 24 percent in Lodi Unified.
The district’s schools with the highest APIs for 2010 are Aspire Vincent Shalvey Academy and Elkhorn Elementary School with scores of 927 and 988 respectively.
The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires schools and school districts to meet a variety of academic performance goals in order to reach its Academic Yearly Progress rate.
The state’s data release included the Accountability Progress Report, comprised of the state Academic Performance Index, the federal Adequate Yearly Progress and the federal Program Improvement.
Like last year, all three major local districts failed to meet the state-set academic goals.
Lodi Unified School District, for example, met only 30 of its 46 goals set by the government, compared to 34 of 46 the year before.
Although they did not meet the state-set goals, this year’s report showed that Lodi’s students as a whole are improving. The districtwide API score — calculated differently than the AYP — jumped by 10 points, resulting in a 737 for the district.
Lodi Unified School District
Twelve schools this year exceeded the 800 AYP goal.
Schools that continue to show improvement year after year include Heritage Elementary, Christa McAuliffe Middle and Liberty High schools. Heritage saw a 63-point jump last year, and a 23-point one this year. Christa McAuliffe’s score increased by 35 last year and another 36 points this year, while Liberty went up 83 points last year and 40 this year.
• Those with the highest jump in scores are Lakewood Community Day School (up 49), Henderson Day School (up 44) and Beckman Elementary School (up 45). • The schools with the biggest drop include Clairmont (down 35 points) and Lakewood (down 29) elementary schools. • 26 schools had gains of at least 10 API points, with 15 of these schools achieving gains of 20 or more points. • Two program improvement schools, Lawrence and Beckman elementary schools, met all of their AYP targets.
Last year, Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer said plans had been put in place to address the specific needs of English-language learners. That subgroup’s scores went up by 8 points this year.
“As with other measurables, we are encouraged to see that we are making progress in addressing the ethnic-based achievement gaps,” said Ed Eldridge, the district’s coordinator of assessment, research and evaluation, adding that over the past four years, the achievement gap between white students and Hispanic students has narrowed in both English-language arts and mathematics.
Galt Joint Union
Elementary School District
The district earned its highest-ever API of 811.
Four of the district’s six schools exceeded the state’s target rate, compared to three last year. Additionally, all but one improved over last year’s scores, compared to two last year.
Those schools — River Oaks Elementary and McCaffrey Middle schools — brought their scores up this year.
Last year, Schauer chalked up McCaffrey’s drop to changes during the 2008-09 school year, the first year two middle schools merged into one without sixth-grade students. She said at the time she was confident there would be improvement based upon increased attention to instructional quality and ongoing monitoring of individual and subgroup student performance.
“This year’s state and federal test results show that there is no doubt (the district) is moving in the right direction for all of our students,” Schauer said Monday.
“Although the accountability target was higher than the previous year’s, our school district met the challenge.”
Valley Oaks, the only school to see a drop in scores this year, actually saw a jump the previous year, from 737 to 769. This year, it fell to 753.
Galt Joint Union
High School District
The district’s API went up 17 points, to 744 this year, but it met only 15 of its 22 government-set goals, compared to 19 the previous year. However the two years before that, the district had met all of them.
With scores of 742 and 531, respectively, both Galt and Estrellita high school showed improvement over last year’s scores. And Liberty Ranch — in its first year of testing since the school opened last fall — bested both with 783.
Last year, Galt High’s score went up by two points while Estrellita dropped 27. This year, they increased by 1 and 5, respectively. It’s not clear why Galt students are progressing slower than their counterparts in other districts (three of Lodi Unified’s comprehensive high schools made double-digit jumps).
Two of the district’s subgroups saw a decline, as well, including English learners (down 6 points) and students with disabilities (down 34). But both white and Hispanic students, as well as those classified as socioeconomically disadvantaged, saw double-digit gains.
More local schools met or surpassed the coveted 800-or-more mark in state test scores released this morning, although the Lodi Unified School District is behind the statewide average of schools that have achieved the score. Forty-six percent of all California schools are now at or above the overall statewide target API of 800, compared to 24 percent in Lodi Unified.
In Lodi Unified, 12 schools this year exceeded the 800 AYP goal.
The district's schools with the highest APIS for 2010 are Aspire Vincent Shalvey Academy and Elkhorn with scores of 927 and 988, respectively.
The index ranges from 200 to 1,000 points.
Districtwide, 47 percent (or 20 out of 43) met their targets, while 28 percent (12 out of 43) grew, although targets were unmet. Twenty-six percent (11 out of 43) remained the same and targets unmet.
Galt schools also saw an improvement over last year’s scores.
The No Child Left Behind Act requires schools and school districts to meet a variety of academic performance goals in order to reach its Academic Yearly Progress rate.
The state's data release included the Accountability Progress Report, comprised of the state Academic Performance Index, the federal Adequate Yearly Progress and the federal Program Improvement.
Contact reporter Jennifer Bonnett at firstname.lastname@example.org.