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SRVUSD schools among top in state

Original post made on May 17, 2010

San Ramon Valley Unified School District schools are well above the state average, according to the California Department of Education. All four comprehensive high schools within the district rank in the top 2 percent of all high schools in California, and all eight middle schools in the district rank in the top 5 percent of middle schools

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Comments (10)

Posted by Freckles, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2010 at 9:56 am

So how is the API number calculated? Where does it come from? It does not really mean much until we know this.


Posted by klat_wols, a resident of Blackhawk
on May 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Go to the CA dept of education website -- you will find the information you are looking for.


Posted by SRV Parent in Alamo, a resident of Alamo
on May 18, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Our teachers and administration certainly deserve our thanks for this great effort over the years, especially as they look over their shoulders to see if they still have a job.

Just curious how our schools compare to the rest of the nation.


Posted by Voltaire, a resident of Danville
on May 18, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Web Link=

Recently our air waves have been thick with angry ads from the teachers' unions. We are informed that the greedy, the wealthy, and corporations refuse to pay higher taxes, and thus the more noble of our citizens, such as teachers and their students, are suffering. Lost in the strident message is that California's sales, income, and gas taxes are now the highest in the country (at a time when federal income, FICA, and health-care taxes are slated to rise to record levels on upper brackets); its teachers are the highest paid in the nation; and California's students' test scores in math and English are variously ranked from 46th to 49th in the nation. Given that about 150,000 Californians (out of some 36 million) pay nearly half of the income taxes, and given that estimates suggest nearly 3,500 more affluent Californians are leaving the state each week to no- or low-tax states like Nevada, Utah, Oregon, etc., it would seem suicidal to go after that shrinking 1-5 percent of taxpayers even further — all in order to ensure that the highest-paid teaching cadre in the nation continues business as usual, the results of which are only too clear from national rankings of state achievement in our public schools.


Posted by Mike, a resident of Danville
on May 18, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Actually Voltaire, California doesn't even rank in the top 10 of the most heavily taxed states: 1. Vermont, 2. Hawaii, 3. Connecticut, 4. Minnesota, 5. New Jersey, 6. New York, 7. Massachusetts, 8. Washington, 9. Wyoming, 10. Pennsylvania. The taxes include sales tax, property tax, and personal income tax. One thing to remember is that the quality of the schools is what maintains property values. Parents value education and pay more for homes in the communities with the best schools. True, teachers salaries are at the higher end nationally (although not the highest), the question is do we want excellence in our schools or not. Clearly, in the San Ramon Valley, standards and levels of achievement are high due to high caliber of instructors we have here as well as a high level of parental participation.


Posted by Jim, a resident of Danville
on May 19, 2010 at 7:59 am

The Tax Foundation reported last year the following rankings for averages of total family income for state and local taxes:

New Jersey residents paid 11.8%, topping the charts. New Yorkers were close behind, paying 11.7%, and Connecticut was third at 11.1%. The top 10 were rounded out by Maryland (10.8%), Hawaii (10.6%), California (10.5%), Ohio (10.4%). Vermont (10.3%), Wisconsin (10.2%) and Rhode Island (10.2%).

We're taxed enough. Time to require ALL to get on the tax rolls and contribute to the "services" needed. Hey, a recent article listed how an individual can receive gov't grants, food stamps, disability pay / unemployment insurance and other stipends adding up to $3,240 / month. Why work and pay taxes in California?

Why would anyone want to continue a business in California? Beats me. I would rather relocate to another state and hire employees there. The politicians don't get it.

In fact, Borenstein's latest article in the CC Times on Sun 5/16 points up a bill sponsored by local politicians Buchanan, DeSauntier & others that don't fix the public pension issue but actually enhance it and propose to restrict public access to information about these costly programs. They still don't get it!


Posted by Dog's Gift, a resident of Danville
on May 19, 2010 at 12:47 pm

High Schools

California High 879
Dougherty Valley High 905
Monte Vista High 897
San Ramon Valley High 884
Venture (Alternative) 777
Del Amigo High (Continuation) 560

SRV beats out Venture & Del Amigo. Good for you!


Posted by askidoo, a resident of Alamo
on May 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Washington state has no state income tax and their sales tax is within a percentage of California's. Where did this statistic come from as its hard to believe with no income tax that they are in the top ten.

As to schools New Jersey and New York always trump California. When you are in the classrooms there and them come to California it is an astounding and upsetting difference as to the lower education here. But then their taxes remain local to their school districts and do not go first to state coffers as do Californias and are then dispensed out to the school districts. Thus if you pay $20,000 on your home per year in property tax in NJ/NY mainly for schools - you notice and want that school accountable for good education. Here it seems people want to 'think' their children are getting a good education but there is no follow through to what that should be by parents and no push by teachers to raise to other state's higher standards.

So here we have high teacher salaries/benefits, low scores and high property tax. There they have high property tax, lower teacher salaries/benefits, and higher test scores and level of education.
Teachers benefit - kids don't in California.


Posted by Data Quest, a resident of Danville
on May 21, 2010 at 11:07 pm

All Danville High Schools scored appox. the same API.

Only difference in overall API between high schools is the Asian performance and population at each school. Monte Vista can thus rightfully claim "our Asians are smarter than yours", except against Dougherty Valley High School where Asian population scored 947, and the Asian population is much greater than the white student population.

Whites scored basically the same at all four high schools, however Asian scores at Monte Vista (944) did assist their overall results. California High could have done just as well as SRVHS, Dougherty, and Monte Vista, but their Hispanic/Latino population is statistically significant, driving scores downward. The Hispanic/Latino score at California High School was 810.

So much for closing the achievement gap, even in the affluent bay area suburbs.

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Posted by Sarah, a resident of Danville
on May 22, 2010 at 8:39 am

For a very good book on the achievement gap, I recommend Jonathan Kozol's _The Shame of a Nation_.

It takes more than affluence to close the achievement gap. Jonathan Kozol's book and another I cited recently, Arthur Schlesinger Jr's _The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society_," together tell a compelling story.

Sarah


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