The California Department of Education has released the 2013 Accountability Progress Reports for California public schools.
The following is from the Mount Diablo Unified School District:
Similar to many schools and districts in the state, some of our schools reported a decline in students’ performance on the California Standards Tests.
However, these results are not unexpected.
During the release of STAR results on August 8, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson noted that the slight decline in scores across the state reflected the ongoing budget reductions and the transition to the Common Core State Standards.
In Contra Costa County only 4 of the 18 districts saw an increase in their Academic Performance Index this year.
In the just released Academic Performance Index (API) rankings, many Mt. Diablo schools are performing at increasingly higher levels. The goal of all California schools is to achieve an API score of 800. 35 of our 48 schools met school wide growth targets and 18 of them met all school wide and subgroup growth targets. 12 schools made double digit gains. Overall, the district API declined 3 points from 794 to 791.
One of the elementary schools with the School Improvement Grant (SIG) made substantial growth again: Bel Air improved 29 points following a 58-point gain the previous year. Also a SIG school, Meadow Homes improved 17 points.
We are especially proud of the following schools that made double-digit gains from their 2012 base API. Bel Air improved 29 points from 730 to 759. Gregory Gardens improved 23 points from 797 to 820. Meadow Homes improved 17 points from 708 to 725. Mt. View improved 15 points from 808 to 823. Silverwood improved 33 points from 815 to 848. Wren Avenue improved 11 points from 756 to 767. Ygnacio Valley Elementary improved 15 points from 762 to 777. Sunrise improved 14 points from 446 to 460. Pine Hollow Middle improved 20 points from 786 to 806. Mt. Diablo High improved 10 points from 669 to 679. Summit Necessary Small High improved 88 points from 436 to 524. Olympic Continuation High improved 132 points from 483 to 615.
District-wide, 7 elementary schools scored above 900; 11 elementary schools, 6 middle schools, and 2 high schools scored between 800 and 900. Below is a list of all schools/programs and the API growth from 2012 to 2013:
Click on the image below to view the scores for EVERY school in the district:
CLAYCORD NOTE: Clayton Valley Charter High School, which isn’t part of the Mount Diablo Unified School District, went from 774 points in 2012 to 836 points in 2013, which is a gain of 62. Their goal was to only gain 5 points during their first year as a charter high school.
Crossroads High (alternative) was -93 and Prospect High (alternative) was -84.
Frequent Claycord commenter and MDUSD insider “Doctor J” sums up some of the other scores:
MDHS increases 10 API points to lead the District Comprehensive High Schools increases and meets schoolwide APY but not subgroups. YVHS, under Sue Brothers, plummets 19 points and doesn’t meet any AYP growth targets.
Oak Grove Middle School dives -26 points combined with last years drop of -38 points, for a total of -64 points in two years under So Cal transplant Principal Lisa Murphy Oates. Did not meet any AYP growth in either year. And in 2012/13 she had a SIG grant for additional instruction.
Sun Terrace Elem, under Hayward USD transplant Principal Kristan Martin-Meyer sunk a whopping -68 API points, and not meeting any AYP growth. Combine that with last years fiasco of recently resigned Principal Gretchen Jacobs loss of -38 points and Sun Terrace has lost -106 API points in two years !!
Silverwood had an API increase of +33 to lead the Elementary schools meeting all AYP growth. SIG school Bel Air was not far behind with +29 and also met AYP growth. Combined with last years +58 API jump, Bel Air has increased +87 API points in the last two years under the SIG Grant.
Other Cohort 1 SIG schools did not fare as well: Rio Vista lost -26 API points, and Shore Acres lost -9 API. However, Cohort 2 SIG school Meadow Homes spiked +17 API points and met all its AYP.