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Test scores bode well for county
October 12, 2012, 05:00 AM By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal Staff

Nearly 55 percent of schools in California, compared to 63 percent in San Mateo County, are meeting academic assessment goals, according to the 2012 academic performance report released by the California Department of Education Thursday morning.

The APR, which consists of three separate reports, is an annual report card for every school in the state. Scores leveled off and, in some cases, decreased. In California, 54.6 percent of schools are meeting the target both schoolwide and in the various subgroups. In San Mateo County, 63 percent of schools meet those requirements. Even more schools locally, 75 percent, have scores at or above 800, which is considered proficient. However, not everyone is making the grade.

"We’ve set a high bar for schools and they have more than met the challenge, despite the enormous obstacles that years of budget cuts have put in their way,” State Superintendent Tom Torlakson said in a prepared statement. "The incredible efforts of teachers, administrators, school employees, parents and students should serve as an inspiration to us all. While there’s still more work to do, California’s schools have earned a vote of confidence.”

API scores range from 200 to 1,000, with 200 being far below basic, 500 being below basic, 700 being basic, 875 being proficient and 1,000 being advanced. The statewide API performance target for all schools is 800.

"These data also show that schools and districts in San Mateo County, as their counterparts throughout the state, continue to be identified in increasing numbers as failing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, and consequently being identified under program improvement,” said county Deputy Superintendent Gary Waddell. "While we take seriously the mission of continually improving instruction in ways that ensure that all children receive quality educational outcomes, we also know that the current system of identification and remediation is outdated and long overdue for rebenching and adjustment.”

Waddell added that as the state moves toward full implementation of the statewide California Common Core standards and new assessments, schools can renew the commitment to continuing improvement.

Gains and losses were widespread across San Mateo County district schools.

North Star Academy in Redwood City continued to hold its position as the top scoring school in the county with 990 — a two-point drop from last year. Hillsborough’s North School, however, was only 1 point behind with 989.

"Test scores aren’t just numbers — they tell part of the story about our students,” said Redwood City Superintendent Jan Christensen. "The story behind the rise in test scores is that our students are learning and achieving at a higher level, and they are going into the next grade more prepared. This lays a foundation that will help them achieve success in high school and beyond.”

Forty-one schools in San Mateo County scored more than 900 points, none of which were high schools. All schools within the Hillsborough City Elementary, Las Lomitas Elementary, Menlo Park City Elementary and Portola Valley Elementary school districts scored over 900. When it comes to high schools, Carlmont in Belmont stole the top spot from Mills with a score of 877. Mills followed with 870 and Burlingame at 869.

On the other end of the spectrum, Stanford New School High School in Menlo Park remained in the bottom spot countywide scoring 638, which came with a 33-point gain from last year.

Not meeting the standards can mean a loss of funding or control for schools and school districts.

These thresholds of understanding slowly increase with the objective that, by the 2013-14 school year, 100 percent of students at all schools must score at the proficient level or above.

Schools and districts can enter or continue to be classified as needing program improvement when one or more sub-groups fail to make annual growth goals for two consecutive years.

Countywide, 43 schools and 14 school districts are in program improvement at one level or another.

Being in program improvement as well as having a drop in score does not go unnoticed by school officials. Notably, six schools in program improvement — El Granada Elementary in Half Moon Bay, Sunset Ridge Elementary in Pacifica, Green Oaks Academy in East Palo Alto, Kennedy Middle School and Roosevelt Elementary in Redwood City, and Belle Air Elementary in San Bruno — will be eligible to exit program improvement in the 2013-14 school year if all targets are met in 2013.

In San Bruno, Belle Air Principal Michael Rothhammer pointed to a partnership with Notre Dame de Namur University as making a huge difference. By working together, each of the school’s 12 classrooms has both a teacher and student teacher creating a lower teacher to student ratio. There is also after-school tutorial services provided by NDNU School of Education undergraduate students to continue to support student achievement.

In the San Mateo Union High School District, three schools exited performance improvement.

"We are seeing steady increases in our state test results year-by-year,” said Andy Parsons, district associate superintendent for instruction. "This has come about by creating structures and classes that support all students.”

Parsons said the district has wonderful teacher and site leaders. Also, efforts have increased in recent years to support incoming freshmen by working closer with elementary school districts, he said.


Heather Murtagh can be reached by email: heather@smdailyjournal.com or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 105.



API scores

The API scores were taken from the 2012 Growth Academic Performance Index prepared by the California Department of Education. API scores range from 200 to 1,000, with 200 being far below basic, 500 being below basic, 700 being basic, 875 being proficient and 1,000 being advanced. The statewide API performance target for all schools is 800.

The scores are shown for each district as well as for the individual schools within the district. The first number is the 2012 API score, the second is the 2011 API base score, the third is the expected growth and the fourth number is the actual growth. Some schools may have an "A” or "D” in one or more columns. A means the school surpassed the statewide goal last year and wasn’t given a goal. D is used for districts, which do not receive target information. A "*” denotation means a school had between 11 to 99 students tested. The last number marks the amount of progress. Lastly, schools or districts that are bolded are in program improvement.


Bayshore Elementary 752 / 724 / D / 28

Bayshore Elementary - 721 / 727 / 5 / -6

Garnet J. Robertson Intermediate - 773 / 722 / 5 / 51

Kaplan Academy of California-San Francisco - 709* / 632* / 8 / 77


Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary School District 917 / 910 / D / 7

Central Elementary - 937 / 939 / A / -2

Cipriani Elementary - 903 / 899 / A / 4

Fox Elementary - 924 / 912 / A / 12

Nesbit Elementary - 845 / 843 / A / 2

Redwood Shores Elementary - 944 / 940 / A / 2

Sandpiper Elementary - 935 / 947 / A / -12

Ralston Intermediate - 944 / 935 / A / 9


Brisbane Elementary School District 826 / 839 / D / -13

Brisbane Elementary - 841 / 853 / A / -12

Lipman Middle - 830 / 848 / A / -18

Panorama Elementary - 796* / 810 / A / -14


Burlingame Elementary School District 912 / 899 / D / 13

Franklin Elementary - 954 / 960 / A / -6

Lincoln Elementary - 920 / 938 / A / -18

McKinley Elementary - 882 / 848 / A / 34

Roosevelt Elementary - 922 / 884 / A / 38

Washington Elementary - 888 / 909 / A / -21

Burlingame Intermediate - 903 / 878 / A / 25


Cabrillo Unified School District 801 / 797 / D / 4

Alvin S. Hatch Elementary - 790 / 796 / 4 / -6

El Granada Elementary - 794 / 793 / 5 / 1

Farallone View Elementary - 798 / 814 / A / -16

Manuel F. Cunha Intermediate - 814 / 808 / A / 6

Half Moon Bay High - 797 / 781 / 5 / 16

Kings Mountain Elementary - 951* / 927* / A / 24


Hillsborough City Elementary School District 972 / 969 / D / 3

North Hillsborough Elementary - 989 / 986 / A / 3

South Hillsborough Elementary - 958 / 970 / A / -12

West Hillsborough Elementary - 976 / 973 / A / 3

Crocker Middle School - 967 / 963 / A / 4


Jefferson Elementary School District 812 / 796 / D / 16

California Virtual Academy @ San Mateo - 751 / 756 / 5 / -5

Daniel Webster Elementary - 821 / 829 / A / -8

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Elementary - 820 / 771 / 5 / 49

Garden Village Elementary - 793 / 787 / 5 / 6

George Washington Elementary - 809 / 785 / 5 / 24

John F. Kennedy Elementary - 823 / 810 / A / 13

Margaret Pauline Brown Elementary - 841 / 824 / A / 17

Marjorie H. Tobias Elementary - 924 / 896 / A / 28

Susan B. Anthony Elementary - 828 / 802 / A / 26

Thomas Edison Elementary - 848 / 811 / A / 37

Westlake Elementary - 847 / 829 / A / 18

Woodrow Wilson Elementary - 785 / 753 / 5 / 32

Benjamin Franklin Intermediate - 753 / 754 / 5 / -1

Fernando Rivera Intermediate - 840 / 824 / A / 16

Thomas R. Pollicita Middle - 767 / 754 / 5 / 13


Jefferson Union High School District 765 / 759 / D / 6

Jefferson High - 695 / 672 / 6 / 23

Oceana High - 804 / 792 / 5 / 12

Terra Nova High - 787 / 800 / A / -13

Westmoor High - 803 / 798 / 2 / 5

Thornton High - 523* / 499* / 13 / 24


La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District 770 / 745 / D / 25

La Honda Elementary - 781* / 738* / 5 / 43

Pescadero Elementary and Middle - 755* / 739* / 5 / 16

Pescadero High - 777* / 769* / 5 / 8


Las Lomitas Elementary School District 965 / 963 / D / 2

Las Lomitas Elementary - 948 / 949 / A / -1

La Entrada Middle - 972 / 970 / A / 2


Menlo Park Elementary School District 938 / 934 / D / 4

Encinal Elementary - 929 / 938 / A / -9

Laurel Elementary - 900 / 913 / A / -13

Oak Knoll Elementary - 960 / 943 / A / 17

Hillview Middle - 943 / 934 / A / 9


Millbrae Elementary School District 900 / 885 / D / 15

Green Hills Elementary - 897 / 875 / A / 22

Lomita Park Elementary - 854 / 866 / A / -12

Meadows Elementary - 912 / 892 / A / 20

Spring Valley Elementary - 892 / 882 / A / 10

Taylor Middle School - 911 / 892 / A / 19


Redwood City Elementary School District 789 / 765 / D / 24

Adelante Spanish Immersion Elementary - 838 / 813 / A / 25

Clifford Elementary - 814 / 802 / A / 12

Fair Oaks Elementary - 745 / 725 / 5 / 20

Garfield Charter Elementary - 694 / 657 / 7 / 37

Hawes Elementary - 734 / 693 / 5 / 41

Henry Ford Elementary - 833 / 809 / A / 24

Hoover Elementary - 746 / 728 / 5 / 18

John Gill Elementary - 727 / 755 / 5 / -28

North Star Academy  - 990 / 992 / A / -2

Orion Alternative - 871 / 847 / A / 24

Roosevelt Elementary - 787 / 725 / 5 / 62

Roy Cloud Elementary - 877 / 876 / A / 1

Selby Lane Elementary - 712 / 704 / 5 / 8

Taft Elementary - 788 / 774 / 5 / 14

John F. Kennedy Middle School - 753 / 672 / 6 / 81

McKinley Institute of Technology - 738 / 720 / 5 / 18


San Bruno Park Elementary School District 830 / 812 / D / 18

Decima M. Allen Elementary - 826 / 819 / A / 7

Belle Air Elementary - 812 / 762 / 5 / 50

Crestmoor Elementary - 850 / 875 / A / -25

El Crystal Elementary - 870 / 856 / A / 14

John Muir Elementary - 897 / 873 / A / 24

Portola Elementary - 921 / 902 / A / 19

Rollingwood Elementary - 808 / 793 / 5 / 15

Parkside Intermediate - 774 / 765 / 5 / 9


San Carlos Elementary School District 915 / 903 / D / 18

Arundel Elementary - 955 / 945 / A / 9

Brittan Acres Elementary - 880 / 870 / A / 10

Charter Learning Center -925 / 918 / A / 7

Heather Elementary - 929 / 917 / A / 12

White Oaks Elementary - 935 / 932 / A / 3

Central Middle - 889 / 872 / A / 17

Tierra Linda Middle - 932 / 922 / A / 10


San Mateo Union High School District 823 / 813 / D / 10

Aragon High - 849 / 839 / A / 10

Burlingame High - 869 / 861 / A / 8

Capuchino High - 769 / 748 / 5 / 21

Hillsdale High - 810 / 796 / 4 / 14

Mills High - 870 / 863 / A / 7

Peninsula High - 618* / 587* / 11 / 31

San Mateo High - 793 / 782 / 5 / 11


San Mateo-Foster City Elementary School District 841 / 840 / D / 1

Albion H. Horrall Elementary - 710 / 729 / 5 / -19

Audubon Elementary - 908 / 900 / A / 8

Baywood Elementary - 937 / 932 / A / 5

Beresford Elementary - 818 / 829 / A / -11

Brewer Island Elementary - 956 / 951 / A / 5

College Park Elementary - 854 / 825 / A / 29

Fiesta Gardens International Elementary - 768 / 753 / 5 / 15

Foster City Elementary - 933 / 936 / A / -3

George Hall Elementary - 834 / 834 / A / 0

Highlands Elementary - 873 / 873 / A / 0

Laurel Elementary - 830 / 858 / A / -28

Meadow Heights Elementary - 902 / 859 / A / 43

North Shoreview Elementary - 857 / 865 / A / -8

Park Elementary - 760 / 747 / 5 / 13

Parkside Elementary - 742 / 786 / 5 / -44

Sunnybrae Elementary - 788 / 809 / A / -21

Abbott Middle - 787 / 783 / 5 / 4

THE Bayside S.T.E.M. ACADEMY- 722 / 719 / 5 / 3

Borel Middle - 832 / 829 / A / 3

Bowditch Middle - 914 / 909 / A / 5


Everest Public High - 825 / 829 / A / -4


Sequoia Union High School District 804 / 786 / D / 18

Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy - 784 / 771* / 5 / 13

Carlmont High - 877 / 857 / A / 20

Menlo-Atherton High - 821 / 794 / 5 / 27

Sequoia High - 798 / 766 / 5 / 32

Summit Preparatory Charter - 858 / 853 / A / 5

Woodside High - 744 / 743 / 5 / 1

Redwood High - 559* / 484* / 16 / 75


South San Francisco Unified School District 820 / 818 / D / 2

Buri Buri Elementary - 901 / 887 / A / 14

Junipero Serra Elementary - 877 / 867 / A / 10

Los Cerritos Elementary - 814 / 821 / A / -7

Martin Elementary - 824 / 832 / A / -8

Monte Verde Elementary - 915 / 892 / A / 23

Ponderosa Elementary - 867 / 871 / A / -4

Skyline Elementary - 863 / 859 / A / 4

Spruce Elementary - 813 / 819 / A / -6

Sunshine Gardens Elementary - 857 / 843 / A / 14

Alta Loma Middle - 840 / 823 / A / 12

Parkway Heights Middle - 792 / 763 / 5 / 29

Westborough Middle - 843 / 841 / A / 2

El Camino High - 802 / 799 / 1 / 3

South San Francisco High - 766 / 785 / 5 / -19

Baden High - 516* / 531* / 13 / -15


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