It’s been almost a month since I’ve overloaded you with data. Good thing, because California’s No Child Left Behind and state Academic Performance Index results came out today.
This was a tough year for schools across the state, simply because the federal test score standard rose again. For an elementary school to clear the NCLB hurdle, 35.2 percent of its students — on average, as well as in various racial and academic “subgroups — needed to have tested at “proficient” or better in English (up from 24.4 percent last year). And 33.4 percent had to do so in math (up from 22.3 percent last year). It’s a similar situation for upper-grade schools.
I’m confident that you’re all proficient in math yourselves, but just to make it easy: That’s an 11 percentage point hike.
So, while Oakland’s test scores did rise this year, only about 37 percent of its schools met No Child’s challenge — down from 43 percent that passed the test last year.
Also this year, 12 Oakland schools hit the Program Improvement list after falling short of NCLB goals for two years in a row: Alliance Academy (Elmhurst); Fred T. Korematsu Academy (Stonehurst); Coliseum College Prep (Havenscourt); Dolores Huerta Learning Academy (charter); Edna Brewer Middle School; Elmhurst Community College Prep; Hillside Academy; Lakeview Elementary School; Peralta Creek Middle School (Calvin Simmons); Oakland Aviation High (charter); United for Success Academy (Calvin Simmons); ROOTS International (Havenscourt).
No Oakland schools freed themselves from PI status, which requires two straight years of hitting those federal benchmarks.
Here is a spreadsheet I made with the latest API scores (on a scale of 200 to 1,000, with 800 being the goal); and whether schools met the state and/or the federal benchmarks this year.
You can access the California Department of Education’s latest test score reports here.
image from James Maclennan’s site at flickr.com/creativecommons