Today, the state released a slew of test score data — a new Academic Performance Index for each school and district as well as their No Child Left Behind status. See a list of all Alameda County districts and schools here, and click here for a two-tab spreadsheet of Oakland schools and their API scores. The second tab is sorted by school level and score.
The NCLB upshot:
Three Oakland elementary schools (Horace Mann Elementary, New Highland Academy and Bridges Academy at Melrose) made it off the federal watchlist known as Program Improvement this year. This means they met the ever-rising No Child Left Behind test score targets — all of them — two years in a row.
Thirteen others, however, missed those targets for two straight years and entered Program Improvement. Those schools are:
ELEMENTARY- Emerson, Franklin, Fruitvale, Laurel, Marshall and Reach
HIGH – Arise, East Oakland Leadership Academy, Far West, Oakland International, Oakland Military Institute, Oakland School for the Arts and Bunche Academy — all charter schools with the exception of Far West, Oakland International and Bunche.
The above schools are certainly not alone. More than half of the public schools in Oakland, including privately run charters, are in Program Improvement — about 40 percent of the elementary schools, 70 percent of the middle schools and 65 percent of the high schools.
Statewide, 567 schools entered program improvement this year. It’s no surprise, since the bar was set higher once again. Elementary and middle schools had to show that about 57 percent of their students (as well as various groups of students, categorized by race, income and ability) were proficient in English language arts, and that 58 percent were in math. For high schools, the percentages were slightly lower.
By my count, 34 Oakland schools scored at least 800 on the state’s Academic Performance Index this year. And nine did so — I think — for the first time (let me know if I’m missing anyone):
ACORN Woodland – 807
Burckhalter Elementary – 821
Monarch Academy (Aspire charter) – 825
Munck Elementary – 821
Conservatory of Vocal/Instrumental Arts (charter) – 847
Greenleaf Elementary – 826
Manzanita SEED – 842
KIPP Bridge (charter middle school) – 864
Montera Middle School – 830
You might notice that Redwood Heights Elementary, Bret Harte Middle and Skyline High don’t have API scores. That’s because of alleged testing shenanigans (a.k.a. “irregularities”) or major errors made by teachers who proctored the tests. I wrote about it in July, if you’d like to learn more.