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  • Tuesday, March 27, 2007

     

    OUSD API SCORES: PANORAMA PERFECT 10-10

    Orange Unified Schools DIGEST
    a news service of Orange Net News /O/N/N/

    PANORAMA ELEMENTARY SCORES A PERFECT
    “10-10” IN STATE API SCORES


    Panorama Elementary School was the only Orange Unified School to receive the coveted “10-10” API score as the State of California released the 2006 Base Academic Performance Index (API) report on the API Scores of over 9,000 California Public Schools today, Tuesday March 27. The report was designed to allow the public to compare performance at individual schools.

    Today’s API Scores are a “recalibration” of the August 2006 report based on the additional information on the new eight grade California Standards Test science assessments and tenth grade life science assessment. The API Score is a composite of scores of the school’s student achievement from several sources. Student results from the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program (STAR) and the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) are used in the API Score calculations. English-Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and History are the subject areas tested.

    The API Scores (based on a 1-10 scale) are divided into two parts: the first number is the Statewide Rank; the second number is the Similar Schools Rank. The evenly divided Statewide Rank is designed to be “a quick way of recognizing where a schools API fits in a statewide distribution of API Scores of schools of the same type” * A school with a 10 score would be in the top 10% of API Scores in the state for that type of school (elementary, middle school or high school).

    The Similar Schools Rank is similar to the first rank except it “shows a school’s relative placement to 100 similar schools with similar opportunities and challenges”*. The comparison is based on key demographic data. A school with a 10 score here would be in the top 10% of API Scores in their group of 100 similar schools for that type of school (elementary, middle school or high school).

    Out of the 41 OUSD school’s ranked, only Panorama Elementary School scored the perfect “10-10”. However three other OUSD did score 10’s in the state wide- rank: Nohl Canyon-10-3; El Rancho Charter M.S.- 10-5; Canyon H.S.-10-7. In addition, El Modena H.S. scored a 10 in the Similar Schools Rank with a 9-10.

    Twelve OUSD schools had Statewide Ranks of 9: Anaheim Hills E.S.- 9-2; Chapman Hills E.S.- 9-3; Crescent E.S.- 9-3; Imperial E.S.-9-4; Linda Vista E.S.- 9-8; McPherson Magnet School (K-8) 9-3; Running Springs E.S.- 9-2; Serrano E.S. 9-8; Villa Park E.S.- 9-8; Cerro Villa M.S.- 9-6; El Modena H.S. 9-10; Villa Park H.S. 9-8.

    OUSD’s eight state identified Program Improvement Schools had the following scores: Esplanade E.S. (Year 4 as a Program Improvement School) 2-3; Fairhaven E.S. (Year 3 as a Program Improvement School) 1-1; Handy E.S. (Year 3 as a Program Improvement School) 1-1; Lampson E.S. (Year 1 as a Program Improvement School) 3-2; Sycamore E.S. (Year 4 as a Program Improvement School) 2-1; Portola M.S. (Year 5 as a Program Improvement School) 3-4; Yorba Academy of the Arts M.S. (Year 3 as a Program Improvement School) 3-4.

    The final Program Improvement School is Prospect E.S. a 3 year Program Improvement School and the Poster School of the controversial OUSD Focus on Results Consultant program. Prospect had a score of 2-1.

    FOR MORE INFORATION CLICK ON the blue links:
    News release from State Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell
    http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr07/yr07rel44.asp

    API SCORES INFORMATION SITE (TYPE IN ORANGE):
    http://api.cde.ca.gov/reports/page2.asp?subject=API&level=School&submit1=submit

    * California Department of Education API SCORES information booklet:
    http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/documents/infoguide06b.pdf

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