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Base API scores for schools released

By Eric Kurhi
Friday, May 6th, 2011 at 2:17 pm in Alameda County, Castro Valley, Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Schools, Union City.

We had a story about the base API scores being released this week. The scores aren’t new — they are rejiggered from the growth API scores that were released in the fall. There are variables that change in the formula for calculating the scores each year, so once those variables are figured out, the previous year’s score is put through the calculations to come up with a base for comparison in the fall.

If you need a recap, here’s a guide to the state’s Accountability Progress Reporting system.

There are links in the story, but click here if you’d like to jump directly to scores for Alameda County’s schools. As you can read in the story, none of Hayward Unified’s schools make it into the statewide top 50 percent. But some fare better when compared with schools similar in terms of student’s socioeconomic status, number of English language learners and other factors, which the district pointed out in a press release you can find after the jump.

Hayward Unified School District Press Release

May 5, 2011 

Release of 2010 Base Academic Performance Index (API) Reports 

Today the California Department of Education (CDE) released the preliminary 2010 Base API  Reports for all California schools and districts.  The API is the cornerstone of the Public Schools Accountability Act (1999).  It measures the academic performance and progress of schools and districts on a numeric index or scale that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1000.  The state has set 800 as the API score that schools should strive to meet.  Any school that does not have an API of 800 is required to meet annual growth targets until the statewide target of 800 is reached.

The results released today show that for the 3rd consecutive year the Base API for Hayward Unified School District has increased.  The 2010 Base API is 707 which is an increase of 18 points in one year.

Today’s results also show that Stonebrae Elementary is five points away from achieving the statewide target of 800 with a Base API of 795.  Southgate Elementary increased their Base API by 55 points to 785.  Other elementary schools that are quickly approaching the 800 score are:  Eldridge (776) and East Ave. (770).  Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School has a 2010 Base API of 766 which is an increase of 43 points in one year. 

The CDE also uses the API to rank schools on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest) to determine the school’s standing compared to other schools statewide (Statewide ranks) and to schools with similar characteristics (Similar Schools ranks). 

Eldridge Elementary has a Similar Schools ranking of 7 meaning this school ranks in the top 70% of 100 elementary schools with similar characteristics (e.g. percentage of English Learners, pupil socioeconomic status, teacher credentials). Southgate and Tyrrell Elementary along with Chavez Middle school have a Similar Schools ranking of 6 meaning they rank in the top 60% of schools with similar characteristics.  Martin Luther King Jr. has a Similar Schools ranking of 8 meaning it ranks in the top 80% of middle schools with similar characteristics.

The preliminary calculations for determining the 2010 Base API  for each school are the state test results from the spring of 2010.  HUSD staff continues to implement research based instructional programs and strategies to improve the achievement of all of our students and to support schools with reaching the state API target of 800.

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  • qodrn

    Boy talk about spinning a lousy report. Stonebrae’s score went down from last year’s 799. In a district with 20,000+ students, Hayward tested just over 14,000. Are they a district of 14000? Many grammer schools now have a score of 1 (8) I believe. However, Tennyson did go from 1 to 2 this year. And MLK did go up a bit. But that’s it folks. Meanwhile, Leadership HS across the street from Mt. Eden, which I note now has a police presence on school release more often than not now, has a rating of 9 up from 8 last year.

    What I noticed most however was that the districts with higher scores than Hayward (almost all by the way) have grammer schools with much lower student numbers than Hayward, less than 300 per school. Their junior and senior high levels are more similar but still lower. Some of this is due to one high school for example in a smaller district. Making our schools bigger to save money (which I don’t think it did by the way when everything is said and done) seems to have lowered our scores. I suppose you could say that it might be the way area schools are drawn (rich folks all in one area) but even that doesn’t seem to help too much although I think Brett Harte is reaping some benefits from the hill folk.

  • qodrn

    More – On further research for a real district of any size Hayward has the Lowest API score in the county. Oakland is higher.

    Eldgridge rates a 4. Southgate a 5. Tyrell a 2. Chavez a 3. Yep these are great scores.

    Junior highs are rated 5 at MLK (state says should be 8)and then a 4 and one with a 3 and 2.

    Moving up to high schools Mt. Eden is a 3 and the other two are a 2.

    I know there are many hard working folks in the district but you wouldn’t have to work to hard to support complete failure of this district. Unless of course the job descriptions say make our schools at least as good as 50 percent of schools in the state.

    How on earth can a city with TWO colleges in it have such rotton results with its students? I am coming around to support replacing all our schools with charter schools or something.

    Do we have to have a school district? Maybe we should disband the thing and let parents go elsewhere for a few years. Then decide if we need one again. I am truly wondering if sending a child to some of these schools is child abuse. Sorry for ranting on. These results are horrible.

  • qodrn

    Numbers above such as Eldridge a 4 is the schools API score. So, Eldridge is a 6 at the 4 level. Whoopie.

    Forgot East Avenue. Their API is a 4. State says they are a 2 at their level. Ouch.

    For you Faith Ringgold folks your API is a 3. Their 752 is fifth in the district. Sorry about spelling and such; sticky keyboard on old laptop.

  • John W. Kyle

    All;

    Is there a relationship between API scores and the average daily attendence rate?

    Is there a correlation to be made betrween truancy rate abd API Scores ?

    Will we be faced with these two preoblems againe next year; regardles of who is hired to be Supy. ?

  • http://None Kathi Booth

    Qodrn,
    I think you are correct in your feelings about increasing the total school enrollments. The story given to the community was that the optimum size for elementary schools was 600 students, but I really don’t remember that any statistics were given on how increasing our schools to that number and in some cases over 600 would positively impact the learning environment or test scores. I do remember that it was considered a fantastic cost saving decision…and of course the money is always the bottom line, childlren always come second, third, or last.

    Of course there are always a number of circumstances that can affect test scores and student achievement, like maintaining continutity of staff and site administrators, but HUSD seems to think that playing musical chairs with staffing at the school levels isn’t important. I wonder why they don’t do the same changing at the district level???

  • Teachermama

    Remember that K-3 class size went from 20 to 28 last year. This year we have 32+ so watch out!

  • HUSDteacher

    A point of clarification on the text of the press release. A score of 8 does not mean “it ranks in the top 80% of” schools. Quite the opposite, it means that it is in the 8th decile, which roughly translates to ranking HIGHER THAN 70% of other schools (the ones with scores 1-7). In other words, it would rank in the top 30% of schools (those that received an 8, a 9 or a 10. Conversely, a school scoring a 1 is at the bottom of the rankings, not in the top 10% of schools.

  • Michael Moore

    In short an 8 is way better than a 6.