County schools outpace state in test score growth

Gilroy
– A higher percentage of public schools in Santa Clara County
than schools statewide met their state-set growth targets in the
2003-04 school year.
Gilroy – A higher percentage of public schools in Santa Clara County than schools statewide met their state-set growth targets in the 2003-04 school year.

Fifty-two percent of schools in the county met their Academic Performance Index growth targets, which are an annual assessment of how schools and districts are progressing academically. Statewide, 48 percent of schools met their targets.

The API scale ranges from 200 to 1,000, with 800 being the state’s overall target. In the county, 41 percent of schools scored above 800, compared to 23 percent of schools statewide.

The findings comes after the state department of education recently released the final data for the 2003-04 API growth report. The original API report for 2003-04 was released in October but had incomplete data for some schools. The latest revisions do not affect the scores for any schools in the Gilroy Unified School District.

In 2003-04, only three of 13 Gilroy schools improved their API scores enough to meet or exceed their goals set by the state.

Antonio Del Buono and Rod Kelley elementary schools improved by 25 points and 18 points, respectively, and Eliot Elementary School gained seven points.

The school with the highest score in GUSD was Luigi Aprea Elementary School at 829. Of traditional schools, the lowest score was Las Animas Elementary School at 639.

Nine GUSD schools did not improve enough to meet state goals, although two of those schools – Luigi Aprea Elementary School and Brownell Middle School – improved over their scores in 2002-03.

Faria Elementary and Murdock-Portal Elementary schools in the Cupertino Union School District and Milliken Elementary School in the Santa Clara Unified School District had the top three API scores in the state. Murdock-Portal scored 991, and Faria and Milliken both scored 1,000.

Sixty-one percent of schools in the county and 61 percent of schools in the state gained at least one point on the API in 2003-04.

In the county, 50 percent of elementary schools reached their targets, compared to 46 percent of elementary schools statewide. Fifty-five percent of middle schools in both the county and the state reached their targets.

The biggest percentage jump is found in high schools, as 57 percent and 49 percent of high schools in the county and the state, respectively, reached their targets.

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