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  • Monday, September 13, 2010

     

    OUSD API Scores reflect growing have vs. have not problems

    OUSD API Scores reflect growing have vs. have not problems

    California released the state Academic Progress Index scores , two weeks later than promised today, and the Orange Unified School District released a press release based on the good news on the test. However, the OUSD scores reveal a mixed bag of test scores. Even as the mainstream media (ie Los Angeles Times and the Orange County Register ) and politicians continue to try and blame schools and teachers for student test scores, OUSD and the state statistics underscore what 8 years of the failing test regiment have proven: race, economic standing, and language skills continue to separate the defined successful and unsuccessful schools (see data on link below). An unbiased reading of the racial data logically leads to that conclusion- in effect it leads to calling a spade a spade despite the continued fairytale of the Marxists-styled theme of “closing the achievement gap”. Either one accepts the 8 years of racially significant statistics or the unthinkable that politicians and the mainstream media increasingly maintain- that a vast conspiracy exists by districts like OUSD (with clear cut racial and economic divides) and the subversive prejudice teachers to insure the continued failure of the economically disadvantaged and racial subgroups, except for an unexplained affinity towards Asian Americans ( perhaps left over from guilt about the World War II California Concentration camps of Japanese decent, or guilt over the Vietnam War, or perhaps the U.S. support of Taiwan over Mainland Communist China).

    The politically correct September 13, 2010 OUSD press release on the released scores (see link below) was upbeat, but again skirted the underlying growing problems. In addition, while trying to underscore the easy to see positive numbers, the press release not only ignored the bad news, but also missed some of the statically good news.

    One of the missing facts in the OUSD Press Release was that OUSD as a district failed to meet all needed growth components in English Language Arts and Math, resulting in OUSD going into the second year as a Program Improvement District, all while increasing as a district 10 points to a score of 806. OUSD had the biggest subgroup drop with 111 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders dropping -21 points in the API statistics.

    Focusing on numbers, the press release praised Fairhaven’s 30 point jump, but failed to mention that the school also met all of their subgroup (racial and economic) improvements making the school the only OUSD school to exit program improvement this year. The OUSD press release also featured Canyon H.S. 24 point increase, but again failed to report that Canyon H.S. has problems in meeting its subgroup targets which could prove troublesome for Canyon H.S. pending reviews on the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status. Other OUSD high schools showing API score improvement was El Modena (+12) and Villa Park (+29) with Villa Park passing the magic 800 number. However, both those schools and Orange H.S. (-4) also face AYP problems for not meeting subgroup targets.

    A total of 20 of the 37 regular OUSD schools showed scores improvement (54%) with 65% of the total (including small and special schools) meeting or exceeding their goals, beating the state average of 57%. The 20 schools that did improve had scores that ranged from +2 points improvement to +48 points improvement for a total of 395 points or an average of 19.75% points for the improving schools.

    A total of 15 of the 37 regular schools, 40.5%, had declining scores, the state average was 23%. A total of 32% of all OUSD’s schools declined or did not meet their goals including 2 schools that showed no growth or loss. The declining scores ranges from -2 points decline to -40 points for a total of a loss of - 239 points or an average of 15.9% points for the declining schools.

    The small and special schools had a spread of 190 points. Canyon Hills, a small special school with special testing showed a decline of -88 points. Last year Canyon Hills was singled out for misguided distinction equating its “special testing” success with normal testing procedures. Richland Continuation School scores increase + 102 points.

    Other schools to take note of were Olive which lost 31 points to fall below the magic 800 number the state requires all schools to meet. On the other end, Crescent Intermediate increase -20 points to increase over the 900 mark to 917. Five other schools surpassed the 900 mark: Chapman Hills; Nohl Canyon; Panorama; and Villa Park E.S. Schools to surpass the magic 800 number this year were canyon H.S.; El Modena H.S.; Villa Park H.S.; West Orange E.S. and Santiago Charter Middle School. Those schools join others over the 800 mark: Anaheim Hills; Canyon Rim; Imperial; La Veta; Linda Vista; McPherson Magnet; Running Springs.

    In addition to OUSD going into its second year as a program improvement district, these 13 Orange Unified Schools are in program improvement: Cambridge; Esplanade; Handy; Jordan; Lampson; Palmyra; Prospect; Sycamore; West Orange; Taft; Portola MS; Yorba MS; and Orange H.S.

    OUSD Press release LINK: OUSD API

    OUSD School API Scores LINK: API Scores

    OUSD AYP Scores (Program Improvement)LINK Program Improvement

    California Department of Education Racial and Economic statistics for 8 years of Star Testing (scroll down to the charts at the bottom of the Press Release):
    RACIAL STATS

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