Monday, September 13, 2010

NEWS RELEASE -- Accountability Reports Show Improvement at Individual Schools, Progress on Achievement Gap

NEWS RELEASE from the San Diego Unified School District, September 13, 2010


SAN DIEGO -- The state's 2009-10 Accountability Progress Report (APR)
released today showed improvement at many district elementary, middle and
high schools along with a small narrowing of the achievement gap among some
student groups.

Four San Diego Unified schools are exiting Program Improvement, four others'
scores rose enough to keep them out of Program Improvement. On the Academic
Performance Index (API), 15 schools had growth of 50 points or more. This
year, 101 schools had API scores of 800 or above, up from 80 last year. Of
those schools, 25 had scores at or above 900, up from 21 last year.

The annual Accountability Progress Report (APR) determines whether schools
and districts have met their Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under No Child
Left Behind. Students in a variety of categories and grades are given
standardized tests to measure their knowledge of English language arts and

"The hard work by our students, teachers and staff members is shown in
these test results," said Superintendent Bill Kowba. "Of particular note are
those schools that will exit Program Improvement, those that met their AYP
this year and won't go into Program Improvement, and those with 50 points or
more growth on the API."

In addition, there was continued evidence that the achievement gap is
narrowing among some student groups. Hispanic, Economically Disadvantaged,
English Learner, and Students with Disabilities showed higher levels of
improvement than other groups.

" While we can be proud of these accomplishments, this is no time to sit
on our laurels or accept the status quo. It is imperative that we continue
to accelerate our efforts to boost student achievement and slash the
achievement gap," added Kowba.

Schools exiting Program Improvement are: Edison, Encanto and Garfield
elementary schools; and Lewis Middle School. Those that met AYP and not
entering Program Improvement are Cabrillo,Clay, Lee and Longfellow
elementary schools.

Overall, 65 percent of San Diego Unified's schools met their AYP target;
statewide, only 57 percent of schools met this target.

San Diego Unified met 39 of 50 criteria and did not make its Adequate Yearly
Progress measure. In its second year of Program Improvement under No Child
Left Behind, San Diego Unified joins all other large urban school districts
in California that are required to identify corrective actions during the
coming year. San Diego Unified was the final of the nine largest California
districts and one of the last large districts in the nation to be placed on
program improvement.

For more information on individual school reports, go to the California
Department of Education website at
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Jack Brandais
Communications Department
San Diego Unified School District
(619) 725-5570 (Desk)
(619) 607-0477 (Cell)

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