Fwd: Apple Bite: Test scores continue to rise
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>News from the West Contra Costa Unified School District
>1108 Bissell Ave. * Richmond, CA 94801-3135 * (510) 234-3825
>For immediate release * September 1, 2005 or thereafter * No. 0506-5
>Contact: Dr. Cynthia LeBlanc, Superintendent, interim (510) 620-2205
> or Dr. Kaye Burnside, Chief Academic Officer, interim (510) 620-2193
>Schools continue upward trend in API scores and increased student achievement
>Richmond, Calif.Schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District
>continue their overall trend of improved student achievement and ascending
>test scores during the seven years that the state has published results of
>the Academic Performance Index (API).
>According to the 2005 Accountability Progress Report released Wednesday by
>the California Department of Education, more than 86% of district schools
>(45 of 52) with API scores in both 2004 and 2005 showed increased
>growth. Overall the district increased its API by 30 points, outpacing
>gains made by both the state (20 points) and county (22 points).
>We are extremely encouraged by the strong academic gains made by our
>students in both English-Language Arts and Math, said interim Chief
>Academic Officer Dr. Kaye Burnside. This is our watershed year. Our
>schools are at the tipping point for making really significant academic
>progress, and our momentum will continue to carry us forward towards
>Individual elementary schools making sharp gains in their API include King
>(122), Nystrom (103), and Castro (83). Among high schools, Kennedy posted
>the highest gains with an 86-point increase, while Adams led the way among
>district middle schools with a 66-point gain. Other schools achieving
>significant growth included Peres (60), Coronado (56), Riverside (55),
>Ellerhorst (50), and Olinda (50) elementary schools; and Pinole Valley
>High School (50).
>Kensington Elementary School achieved the highest API ranking in the
>district with a score of 908. Schools scoring above the 800 level
>included Hanna Ranch (807), Madera (870), Olinda (878), and Valley View
>(826) elementary schools, and Middle College High School (808).
>The API measurement ranges between 200 and 1000; the statewide target goal
>This years academic growth continues the districts six-year trend of
>rising student achievement, reflected by the gradual and constant increase
>in API scores throughout the school system (see Appendix
>1). Specifically, between 1999 and 2005, the district:
> > Increased from three to six the number of elementary, middle, and high
> schools scoring at or above the statewide performance target of 800.
> > Increased from eight to 20 the number of elementary, middle, and high
> schools scoring above 700.
> > Increased from 20 to 43 the number of elementary, middle, and high
> schools scoring above 600. Among the elementary schools scoring between
> 500-600, many have posted scores in the high 500s, thus putting
> themselves in good position to break 600.
> > Decreased from 17 to zero the number of elementary, middle, and high
> schools scoring below 500.
>Many schools exemplified the six-year upward trend in student academics in
>WCCUSD. Between 1999 and 2005, Verde Elementary School increased its API
>score at the highest rate among elementary schools. Its six-year growth
>rate of 92% reflected an increase of 290 points. Nystrom (303-point gain)
>and Coronado (337-point gain) followed closely with 89% and 88% growth
>Other schools achieving significant six-year API growth rates include
>Peres (69%, 268 points), Lincoln (58%, 222 points), Riverside (57%, 246
>points), King (56%, 253 points), Lake (56%, 215 points), Grant (52%, 209
>points), Ford 47%, 208 points), Stege (44%, 186 points), Highland (39%,
>203 pints), Downer, 34%, 153 points), Bayview (33%, 145 points), Fairmont
>(27%, 152 points), Wilson (26%, 143 points), and Collins (26%, 157 points).
>Middle schools and high schools achieving the highest six-year API
>increases were Helms (39%, 162 points), Adams (28%, 145 points), and
>Portola (20%, 114 points) middle schools; and Richmond (45%, 176 points)
>and Kennedy (44%, 167 points) high schools.
>All ten schools with Year 4 Program Improvement status in 2004-05
>consistently posted the highest six-year increases. Those schools
>included Chavez, King, Nystrom, Peres, Riverside, Stege, and Verde
>elementary schools; Adams Middle School; and Kennedy and Richmond high
>The upward trend also included the districts alternative programs: Kappa
>Continuation High School (94-point increase), Vista High School (78-point
>increase), and Omega Continuation High School (68-point increase) made the
>biggest gains. Kappa and Vista received their first rankings in 2002;
>Omega received its first ranking last year.
>A total of 19 schools met their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goals as
>outlined by the No Child Left Behind Act: Collins, Ellerhorst, Hanna
>Ranch, Lupine Hills, Highland, Kensington, Madera, Mira Vista, Murphy,
>Ohlone, Olinda, Riverside, Seaview, Shannon, Sheldon, Valley View, Middle
>College, Harbour Way, and Omega. Highland and Riverside, as Title I
>schools serving significant numbers of students from low-income families,
>deserve special praise for reaching all their AYP targets, said Dr. Burnside.
>The district met 35 of its 42 AYP criteria, with all student subgroups
>increasing their proficiency in English-Language Arts, and all subgroups
>except one increasing proficiency in math (see Appendix 2). Students
>posting strong gains included those in the socio-economically
>disadvantaged and English learners subgroups.
>Over the next several days we will be reviewing the data with our
>principals and school data teams and look at how we can improve support
>for our teachers and students, Dr. Burnside said. We will continue to
>provide focused training for our teachers, and coordinate the sharing of
>best instructional practices throughout the district. And we will
>continue to refine our assessments so that they provide the information
>our teachers need to support their students learning.
>The Accountability Progress Report contains both API and AYP information
>for district schools. Links to additional useful test information may be
>The API and AYP information contained in the Accountability Progress
>Report is preliminary. The California Department of Education has
>provided a window for school districts to submit any corrected data from
>September 19 through October 28, 2005. During this time the district will
>submit revised data for 2,738 students in the National School Lunch
>Program, which may affect school-level AYP and API results for the
>Socio-economically Disadvantaged subgroup.
>A software problem affected the transfer of information between the Food
>Services and SASI databases, creating the need to send revised data to the
>state. The district has corrected the problem using a software patch
>provided by the SASI vendor.
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