API scores show five-point increase for Poway Unified
By Emily Sorensen
The Academic Performance Index for 2012 was released Thursday and the news is mostly good for the Poway Unified School District, which posted a five-point increase.
The district’s API score went from 887 to 892 over the past year, the 10th consecutive annual increase. All PUSD schools cleared the state’s goal of 800 and 22 of the district’s 36 schools scored over 900.
“I am very pleased to report that the students of PUSD continue to show academic growth and there is continued increase in the number of students achieving the proficient and advanced levels including our two schools in Program Improvement, Valley and Midland Elementary Schools,” said Supt. John Collins in a press release.
The API is based on student results on the California Standards Test given to students grades two through 11 in the spring of each year. The California High School Exit Exam results are also factored into student performance scores. API is also a component of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and serves as the cornerstone of California’s State Testing, Accountability, and Reporting Program (STAR).
“The commitment and hard work of our teachers, staff, administrators, parents, and our students make these results possible. Our teachers and principals use these test results and other measures to identify specific areas where they can continue to make improvements and capitalize on areas of student growth,” said Collins.
According to the Local Educational Agency (LEA) 2012 Growth API Report, 72 percent of PUSD schools met their 2011-12 growth target, while five schools grew in API but did not meet their target, and an additional five schools either remained the same or declined in API and did not meet the growth target.
This still places PUSD as having a higher rate of growing API and meeting growth targets than the state in general, which had 56 percent of schools grow in API and meet their growth target. Twenty-six percent of state schools not only did not meet their growth target, but either declined or didn’t grow their API scores.
A number of schools saw significant API growth over the past year, with Valley Elementary seeing the most significant growth with 29 points, rising to an API score of 836 from last year’s score of 807. Sunset Hills Elementary also had a good year, gaining 26 points to raise to an API score of 898. Morning Creek Elementary was third in gains, up 18 points from last year’s score of 890 to break the coveted 900 mark with a score of 908. Del Sur Elementary and Stone Ranch Elementary are tied for the schools in the district with the highest API scores, at 960. Del Sur gained 15 points this year to reach 960, while Stone Ranch dropped 3.
PUSD had a number of schools that had their API scores fall. Sundance Elementary lost 19 points this year, lowering its score from 933 to the still very successful 914. Canyon View Elementary dropped 14 points to 926, and Pomerado Elementary fell 11 points, from 881 to 870.
Some PUSD schools had a less successful year, with 10 schools failing to meet their state requirement student groups growth goals and joint school-wide and student groups growth goals. All schools met their school-wide growth goals. Both Pomerado Elementary and Shoal Creek Elementary failed to meet their student groups growth goals, the only elementary schools to do so.
PUSD’s middle and high schools also struggled in meeting their student groups growth goals and joint growth goals, with only two out of six middle schools and one out of five high schools meeting both goals. Mesa Verde Middle School and Oak Valley Middle School both successfully met all their growth goals for the 2011-12 year, and Del Norte High School was the only high school to do so, except for Abraxas Continuation High School.
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