District API scores best of any large school district in the state

SRVUSD sees 6 point increase in API scores

San Ramon Valley schools once again showed improvement in the 2011 Academic Performance Index (API) Growth Report, according to data released Wednesday by the California Department of Education. The API measures and compares the academic performance and growth of schools on a variety of academic measures.

The overall 2011 API growth score for the district was 922, up 6 points from the 2010 API base score of 916. San Ramon Valley Unified School District's (SRVUSD) results place it as the 8th highest unified school district in the state and the highest among unified districts with more than 9,000 students. The district's comprehensive high schools are in the top 3 percent of all high schools statewide.

Golden View and John Baldwin elementary schools showed the most growth at the elementary level, with 30 and 29 points respectively over the previous year. At the middle school level, Gale Ranch increased by 16 points. Del Amigo High School improved by 30 points, California High School increased by 18 points and Venture Independent Study School showed an increase of 23 points over 2010.

Windemere Ranch Middle School's API score of 966 places the school as the 15th highest among the state's 1,350 middle schools. Hidden Hills Elementary, with an API of 976, is the 34th highest among all 5,739 elementary schools in the state.

Scores for specific subgroups in the district also improved. Results for the district's African American subgroup were up 18 points while SRVUSD students classified as English learners ranked No. 2 among unified districts in the state.

Socioeconomically disadvantaged students and those with disabilities showed an 11-point improvement, ranking as 14th and 9th among all districts in the state.

"Each year I am impressed with how our students demonstrate continuous improvement," said Superintendent Steven Enoch. "I am particularly pleased with how many of our subgroups improved as it demonstrates our efforts in narrowing the gap between groups of students."

Statewide, 49 percent of all California schools are now at or above the overall statewide target API of 800.

The API is the cornerstone of the state's academic accountability requirements. The API is a numerical index (or scale) ranging from a low score of 200 to a high score of 1000. It reflects a school's or district's academic performance based on annual results of statewide testing at grades two through eleven. Each year schools receive two API reports, the API Base (reported in March) and the API Growth (reported in September).


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Posted by Observer
a resident of Danville
on Sep 9, 2011 at 3:41 am

Congratulations! Our kids can take tests! What kind of problem solvers are they? And what does this data mean when CA is near last in student achievement? Are the we best of the worst? Get rid of the standardized testing. It doesn't measure student achievement on anything except that test. If the time was spent on developing the whole child, and teaching applicable skills outside the classroom-think what those results would look like? A proficiency test doesn't tell us anything except that our teachers have become masters at teaching to that test and that our kids' creativity and passion for learning is being stifled by these tests. Talk about the Race to Nowhere.

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Posted by LP
a resident of Danville
on Sep 9, 2011 at 7:17 am

Good news. I want my kids to be able to do well on standardized tests. I don't know about you, but I want to know my doctor did well on tests. I want someone to explain how you don't 'teach to the test" in math and science. Looks to me like the teachers in the SRVUSD are being held accountable and doing their jobs well.

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Posted by Francis
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 9, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Who doesn't want their children to do well on the tests? I think the OP's point was that there's too much money, time and emphasis placed on a test that doesn't measure anything but a student's test taking ability. Wouldn't you rather see your kids solving real world math problems and science labs? Developing writing skills by actually writing and thinking and using grammar correctly in a sentence instead of circling in a bubble that indicates which one is the correct answer? SKILLS that will be used post-high school. As for comparing a medical test for a dr to a standardized test for a 2nd-12th grader-that's absurd. Along with that test-the doctor is required to pass clinicals and rotations. The standardized tests pretty much happen in a vacuum. Last year, when my daughter actually worked on projects (post test time) she wasn't graded on them, there was NO Educational value to them, they were just activities to keep the kids busy until the end of the school year. The system is failing as long as we continue to celebrate pseudo-student achievement based on an API number. I cringe when I hear the principal at my daughter's school celebrate the API score.

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Posted by joel
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 9, 2011 at 11:22 pm

in what upside-down world do we hear parents complain when their children have shown discipline and effort by doing well on tests and demonstrating they have learned a great deal of information and skills.
I do believe district children show above average social skills as well and teachers and children should be commended for the fine scores. No one likes tests but studying for them has always been a wonderful stimulant to thoroughly learning a subject.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Blackhawk
on Sep 10, 2011 at 7:33 pm

I completely agree with Francis! STAR testing should be done away with. I am amazed how many parents commend teachers on a job well done, when they really have no idea what goes on in the classroom. You should be commending your students for teaching themselves, because the teachers certainly are teaching them anything. Bubble tests don't give you an accurate picture of what your student has learned. Take some time to read an english essay from your student (and the non-existent comments from the teacher), and then see if the teachers should get all of the praise they do.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Danville
on Sep 10, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Do you really believe that a teacher enjoys teaching to the test?

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Posted by Kelly
a resident of Green Valley Elementary School
on Sep 12, 2011 at 7:36 am

Did you know the average career length of a new teacher? 4.5 years. No one becomes a teacher because they want to teach to a test.

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Posted by In Alamo
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 12, 2011 at 9:21 am

LOL -- teacher's union must have sent out word to comment on this thread! Only teachers would try to put down emphasis on any measure of their teaching skills.

Fire the teachers whose students did poorly on these tests! Let them go and teach in private schools where they can claim to teach "fluff" that should not be measured.

Wait -- that won't work because private schools won't hire them.

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