MDUSD Update – Accountability Progress Reports for California Public Schools

October 11, 2012 16:00 pm · 26 comments

Mt. Diablo Unified School District News Update. Where Kids Come First.

The California Department of Education has released the 2012 Accountability Progress Reports for California public schools. According to the reports, students in Mt. Diablo Unified School District continue to show improved academic achievement indicated by the Academic Performance Index (API) and the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).


In the newly released Academic Performance Index (API) rankings, most Mt. Diablo schools are performing at increasingly higher levels. The goal of all California schools is to achieve an API score of 800. 34 of our 47 schools met school wide growth targets and 27 of them met all school wide and subgroup growth targets. 17 schools made double digit gains. Overall, the district API improved 7 points from 786 to 793.

All three elementary schools with the School Improvement Grant (SIG) made substantial growth: Bel Air improved 58 points, Rio Vista improved 26 points, and Shore Acres improved 61 points. Besides the SIG schools, we are especially proud of the following schools which made over 20 points of growth from their 2011 base API. El Monte improved 24 points from 800 to 824. Fair Oaks improved 31 points from 722 to 753. Mt. Diablo Elementary improved 29 points from 902 to 931. Pleasant Hill Elementary improved 25 points from 869 to 894. Valle Verde improved 21 points from 926 to 941. College Park High improved 29 points from 786 to 815. Concord High improved 41 points from 709 to 750.

District wide, 8 elementary schools scored above 900; 10 elementary schools, 5 middle schools, and 2 high schools scored between 800 and 900. Below is a list of all schools/programs and the API growth from 2011-2012:


The California Department of Education also released the 2012 Federal Accountability Measures, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). AYP reports on percentage of students scoring proficient and above in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics on the California Standards Test (CST).

For 2012, federal target in ELA is set at 78.0% and 78.2% in mathematics. District wide, 61.0% of our students met the ELA target and 61.1% met the mathematics target. These represent a gain in both ELA (58.7%) and mathematics (60.6%) from the previous year.

While not all of our schools met these federal targets, the following results show some continuing promising trends. At grades 2-5, 73% of our students scored proficient and above in Mathematics, surpassing state averages. Notably, 40% of 2nd graders, 49% of 3rd graders, 51% of 4th graders, and 44% of 5th graders scored advanced in mathematics. As a district, we are committed to high expectations and outcomes for all of our students with the goal of ensuring every MDUSD graduate will be college or career ready. Administrators and teachers work collaboratively analyzing student achievement data in order to implement teaching and learning strategies that support all students in mastering critical skills and knowledge embedded in state standards. While an achievement gap still exists for some of our subgroups, our schools are committed to providing necessary support to ensure that every student achieves at the highest level. We are proud of our teachers’, support staff members’, and administrators’ commitment to improving student learning opportunities to ensure their future success. It is with the ongoing support of our School Board, parents and community that our schools and district continue to move in a positive direction.

For the complete California Progress Report, go to

Randome Task October 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM

lol what kind of beaurocratic gabage is this …inflated numbers and shore acres …….lol…….well those numbers make me want to send my kids to shore acres ………please i would like the so called people in charge of budgets and any funds that directly affect schools and or cuts to actually go to these schools and see what these kids are going through each day …the schools are meshed in with hoods and vandals reacking havoc on the kids that want to learn and better themselves ask any student with descent grades how their day goes and if they have to be mindfull at any time …at a place that is for learning and growth….oh yeah dont wear any metal or the metal detectors will go off

Elwood October 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM

I don’t believe anything contained in any statement from MDUSD.

Howard K Mullins III October 11, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Where kids come first? No. Where the salaries of the overabundant over paid administrators comes first.

The people who manage the school district are politicians. All politicians lie in order to achieve their own goals and agendas. That’s the nature of the beast who decides to live free and easy off of academia.

I am sure there are some great teachers and administrators in the MDUSD. I also know there are some whose agenda has nothing to do with the anything even remotely connected to the betterment of the district and its students.

This report is based in facts and I certainly believe the numbers are “fudged” to the betterment of the district administrators who have more to gain (as they see it) than the students.

anon October 11, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Keep taking money out of school employees paychecks for furlough days and see the scores go down.

Why, oh Why October 11, 2012 at 5:18 PM

did they close Holbrook Elementary???? Holbrook was at 817 when it was forced to shut it’s doors and now former students attend Sun Terrace, currently 737 and Wren Ave, currently at 757!!! What is wrong with this picture? Better yet, what the hell is wrong with this District??? Where kids come first…NOT!!!! I sure hope everyone votes when it’s election time…and not for incumbents! Time for Sherry to say “Bye Bye”

Vouchers October 11, 2012 at 5:49 PM

The only solution. Union out ! Vouchers in. Real competition is the answer. Until then, my kids remain in private school at the expense of my retirement. Thanks a lot.

PS. You all know I’m right.

Slugga October 11, 2012 at 5:50 PM

The district isn’t in charge of generating these numbers, so they aren’t fudging them. The numbers are simply a reflection of multiple choice bubble tests. It reveals nothing about the ability of students to write clearly, speak persuasively, or think critically. Unfortunately, success on multiple choice bubble tests will not help us compete with India and China in the next fifty years.

Anonymee October 11, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Here is the source of the data:; it’s a new tool on the California Department of Education’s website.

Anonymous October 11, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Sequoia Elementary has the absolute highest score in the entire district, elementary, middle and high schools all included. API is 949!! It is incomprehensible that this school was ever even mentioned when discussing school closures!! Can you imagine the headlines for a school district closing down it’s absolute highest performing school?

Anon October 11, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Good job to all of the students, teachers and families that are working so hard to get our schools back on track!

I would love to see a spreadsheet that shows scores from the last three years so we can see trends at a glance.

Anonymous October 11, 2012 at 7:51 PM

How about closing the lowest performing school, Oak Grove, coming in at a 602?

Grant Money @ work October 11, 2012 at 7:54 PM

YVHS had a one point gain in API? Do you know how much AARA and SLIGB funds were spent at that school during the past two years? Over $100,000, including a $10,000 junket to Monterey for some of the teaching staff and administrators. Que pasa?

Really? October 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Imagine how well other schools would do if those Sequoia students were part of their area school population. Instead they get to live in their ivory towers untouched by the great unwashed masses.

CW October 11, 2012 at 8:36 PM

What happened at Gregory Gardens, Silverwood, Westwood, and Valley View to cause a double digit slippage at those schools? Westwood and GG are now below 800, and Silverwood and VV are now barely above it. Granted, they were never among the top performers in the district but they weren’t failing schools either. So why the big drop in scores?

anon October 11, 2012 at 9:01 PM

@ Really #13 –
What the hell is wrong with you?

Vote No on Whitmarsh October 11, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Whitmarsh wanted both Sequoia and Monte Gardens shut down.

Lets see the number one and number four performing school in the district. Why are we supposed to think Whitmarsh is competent to run the district?

Vote No on Whitmarsh

KooKooKaChoo October 11, 2012 at 11:15 PM

This is why my kids go to private school – and score 900+ BTW.

Where the heck is “Nueva Vista”? Mexico?
What’ going on there for crying out loud?

KooKooKaChoo October 11, 2012 at 11:18 PM


So the rest of the “ivory towers” are supposed to prop up your stupid kids?
Why? So they and yourself feel better about your crappy school?
At least the Sequoia parents WANT to do something to better their kids education and their lives.

You’re NUTS you socialist trash.
Too bad your Obama phone won’t work after January.

Feckin Irish Mouse October 11, 2012 at 11:37 PM

And brinigng up the rear of their respective catagories are Meadow Homes and Mt Diablo High…………and surprises there?????

anon October 12, 2012 at 1:53 AM

Way to go Concord High!

LUKI October 12, 2012 at 6:29 AM

The students who attend Sequoia are students whose parents live in low performing areas. They cannot afford to live in high performing nor private. Any records ever show the percentages of where the students come from on average who attend Sequoia or MG? If all students just went to school in their home school areas the system would work better?

Mac October 12, 2012 at 7:21 AM

I didn`t know anybody in the MDUSD knew the meaning of the word “Accountability”

That is the reason things are as bad as they are.
Each person pushing the accountability onto the next person.
Saying “It was not my fault”

Killjoy October 12, 2012 at 7:38 AM

All those scores tell me, is that the district is drilling the test answers into our kids heads.

Basically, they are performing seals. Trained to do one task and one task only. Pass one test.

Just got a progress report on my child. Straight A’s. But I still wonder what the hell they are teaching the kids. I ask “what did you learn today” and the answer is always the same. Either “I don’t know” or “Nothing”.

Nueva vista October 12, 2012 at 8:35 AM

Is an alternative education school, populated by kids who are off track from graduation trying to get back on track. The issues that bring them there are a varied as the kids themselves. Only a few kids are eligible for testing, and for those that do, it is often very difficult for staff there to convince them that this test, that has no impact on graduation, is worth their time.

Doctor J October 12, 2012 at 9:00 AM

“Now for the rest of the story . . ” as Paul Harvey would say. MDUSD’s Program Improvement Status, Year 2: Did not meet AYP for Gradudation Rate: dropped from 2011 — did not make it in 2012 despite dumbed down graduation requirements. No wonder Steven Lawrence, Eberhart, Whitmarsh and Mayo don’t want to talk about gradution rates.

And Ron Popiel’s, “Wait . . there’s more . . .” Sun Terrace gets “Program Improvement” status — no surprise after the disaster under the direction of Principal Gretchen Jacobs. Last year’s SASS “coach” for Sun Terrace is now an Assistant Supt in another county — SASS is really “on top” of helping the principals. Ha, ha. Shows what schools are the worst of the worse. “Year 5″ is the highest, and continues on until you actually get out of PI.

And just in case you thought that maybe Supt. Steven Lawrence didn’t give us the “whole story” — he didn’t. Link to CDE’s more complete report than the Supt’s abbreviated report; showing all MDUSD schools API and targets.

This district, top to bottom, lacks academic leadership.

LorieStories October 12, 2012 at 1:24 PM

OK In fourth grade my daughter had a teacher who TOTALLY TAUGHT TO THE TEST. She even brought home sample tests. She scored in the 99th percentile. And that teacher got Teacher of the Year. In 5th grade she had nice traditional teacher who didn’t believe in teaching to the test, she taught to the student’s style of learning. Her scores went down…But she has retained more this year. Hmmmmmm??? I think we are testing the creativity out of our kids with the heavy reliance on test scores.

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