Progress reports out; GUSD surpasses state average

Gilroy Unified School District

The California Department of Education has released its 2010-11
Accountability Progress Reporting, showing 64 percent of students
in the Gilroy Unified School District outperforming the state’s
Academic Performing Index average by 10 percent. Full story
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The California Department of Education has released its 2010-11 Accountability Progress Reporting, showing 64 percent of students in the Gilroy Unified School District outperforming the state’s Academic Performing Index average by 10 percent.

The Academic Performance Index (API) is the state’s yardstick to measure a school’s progress. The Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) scale is a federal standard that determines whether a school is meeting the federal mandate of No Child Left Behind. Together the two scores determine state and federal funding for schools in some cases and also set the pace for next year’s goals and expectations. 

Antonio Del Buono Elementary showed the highest Academic Performing Index growth, jumping by an impressive 56 points from 739 in 2010 to 795 in 2011. The only elementary school that did not increase its API was Eliot Elementary, which decreased by five points from 836 in 2010 to 831 in 2011. Five out of eight elementary schools scored above the state’s API target of 800.

Of Gilroy’s three middle schools, Brownell showed the most growth with a 30-point increase, starting at 783 in 2010 and rising to 813 in 2011. This is the first time Brownell has scored above the 800 mark.

At the high school level, the Dr. T. J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy known as GECA set the bar high with an impressive 926 API; a 34-point increase from 2010. Christopher High School improved from last year and is almost at the 800 mark with an API of 796. Gilroy High showed a 10-point improvement from last year, raising its API from 730 in 2010 to 740 in 2011.

State API target = 800

Elementary Schools

– Antonio Del Buono: 795; increased by 56

– El Roble: 781; increased by 6

– Eliot: 831; decreased by 5

– Glen View: 796; increased by 22

– Las Animas: 864; increased by 38

– Luigi Aprea: 896; increased by 44

– Rod Kelley: 826; increased by 57

– Rucker: 809; increased by 22

Middle Schools

– Brownell: 813; increased by 30

– Solorsano: 826; increased by 12

– South Valley: 765; increased by 9

High Schools

– Dr. T.J. Owens Gilroy Early College Academy: 926; increased by 34

– Christopher: 796; increased by 14

– Gilroy: 740; increased by 10

– Mt. Madonna: 579; decreased by 1

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