Small school leads way on testing growth 

An increased focus on student strengths and teacher determination at Malcolm X Academy helped the small school reach proficiency on standardized testing, a trend 65 percent of San Francisco schools are following, according to data released by the California Department of Education.

The 118-student school in the Bayview district managed to jump 108 points to a score of 800, the minimum given to schools out of a possible 1,000 based on test scores to be considered “proficient.” The test is known as the Academic Performance Index.

State education officials noted the difficulty for small schools to make such a drastic gain, a statement San Francisco schools Superintendent Carlos Garcia disagreed with.

“For people to say a small school can’t be successful, that’s baloney,” Garcia said. “[Malcolm X] is a small school, but we can learn a lot from them.”

The state API and federal Adequate Yearly Progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act report progress in different ways, according to state education officials.

The API is an index model that measures year-to-year improvement and provides incentives to educators to focus on students at all performance levels.

The AYP system focuses solely on whether or not students are scoring at the proficient level or above on state assessments.

To reach the AYP benchmark, schools had to increase the share of students scoring at or above the proficient level on state tests by 11 percentage points from last year. As a result, only 48 percent of city schools met the federal standards.

San Francisco Unified School District scored 791 on its 2010 Growth API, which is 16 points more than the 2009 base of 775.

The state gained 13 points from 2009 to 2010, going from 754 to 767, respectively.

Statewide, 46 percent of schools reached the goal of 800, an increase of 4 percent. According to state Superintendent Jack O’Connell, with the increase in students meeting proficiency, it may be time to consider moving target API scores.

Garcia said the increases in test scores are something to celebrate, but all schools have a long way to go.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

 

API, year over year change 2009 2010 Change Met Target Growth
Elementary Schools        
Alamo Elementary 913 923 10 Yes
Alice Fong Yu Elementary 950 947 -4 Yes
Alvarado Elementary 815 836 21 No
Argonne Elementary 869 888 19 Yes
Bessie Carmichael 749 749 0 No
Bret Harte Elementary 613 627 14 No
Bryant Elementary 667 696 29 No
Buena Vista 738 776 38 No
Cesar Chavez Elementary 656 685 29 Yes
Charles Drew College Preparatory Academy 667 710 43 Yes
Claire Lilienthal Elementary 911 901 -10 No
Clarendon Alternative Elementary 950 944 -6 Yes
Cleveland Elementary 683 664 -19 No
Commodore Sloat Elementary 871 882 11 Yes
Creative Arts Charter 762 771 9 No
Dianne Feinstein Elementary 853 861 8 Yes
Edward R. Taylor Elementary 865 855 -10 Yes
El Dorado Elementary 691 715 24 No
Fairmount Elementary 687 765 78 Yes
Francis Scott Key Elementary 877 882 5 Yes
Frank McCoppin Elementary 827 841 14 Yes
Garfield Elementary 812 835 23 Yes
George Peabody Elementary 873 886 13 Yes
George R.Moscone Elementary 844 843 -1 No
George Washington Carver Elementary 667 701 34 Yes
Glen Park Elementary 784 764 -20 No
Gordon J. Lau Elementary 830 835 5 Yes
Grattan Elementary 822 873 51 Yes
Guadalupe Elementary 803 804 1 No
Harvey Milk Civil Rights Elementary 783 810 27 No
Hillcrest Elementary 679 674 -5 No
Jean Parker Elementary 832 859 27 Yes
Jefferson Elementary 882 893 11 Yes
John Muir Elementary 592 635 43 Yes
John Yehall Chinese Elementary 872 901 29 Yes
Jose Ortega Elementary 782 811 29 Yes
Junipero Serra Elementary 704      
Lafayette Elementary 859 891 32 Yes
Lakeshore Alternative Elementary 812 804 -8 No
Lawton Alternative Elementary 911 923 12 Yes
Leonard R. Flynn Elementary 668 706 38 No
Longfellow Elementary 802 808 6 No
Marshall Elementary 745 758 13 No
McKineley Elementary 810 822 12 No
Miraloma Elementary 851 865 14 Yes
Monroe Elementary 803 808 5 No
New Traditions Elementary 807 802 -5 No
Paul Revere Elementary 624 655 31 No
Redding Elementary 794 794 0 No
Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary 920 923 3 Yes
Rooftop Elementary 874 884 10 No
Rosa Parks Elementary 713 713 0 No
San Francisco Community Alternative 805 816 11 No
Sanchez Elementary 692 677 -15 No
Sheridan Elementary 832 825 -7 No
Sherman Elementary 867 941 74 Yes
Spring Valley Elementary 823 846 23 No
Starr King Elementary 706 724 18 No
Sunnyside Elementary 812 768 -44 No
Sunset Elementary 888 890 2 Yes
Sutro Elementary 864 885 21 Yes
Tenderloin Community 759 748 -11 No
Ulloa Elementary 911 914 3 Yes
Visitation Valley Elementary 822 826 4 Yes
West Portal Elementary 900 904 4 Yes
William L. Cobb Elementary 700 718 18 No
Yick Wo Elementary 870 897 27 Yes

 

 

Middle Schools 2009 2010 Change Met Target Growth
A.P. Gianni Middle 862 874 12 No
Aptos Middle 824 832 8 No
Brown, Jr. (Willie L.) Elementary 534 568 34 No
Everett Middle 638 607 -31 No
Francisco Middle 665 707 42 No
Herbert Hoover Middle 820 820 0 No
Horace Mann Middle 623 653 30 No
James Denman Middle 687 723 36 No
James Lick Middle 718 729 11 No
KIPP Bayview Academy 756 825 69 Yes
KIPP San Francisco Bay Academy 831 845 14 Yes
Marina Middle 779 805 26 Yes
Martin Luther King Jr., Academic Middle 698 712 14 No
Presidio Middle 863 871 8 No
Roosevelt Middle 861 864 3 Yes
Visitation Valley Middle 650 690 40 No

 

 

High Schools 2009 2010 Change Met Target Growth
Abraham Lincoln High 755 755 0 No
Academy of Arts and Sciences 710 *   n/a
Balboa High 753 769 16 n/a
City Arts and Tech High 622 672 50 No
Galileo High 759 778 19 No
Gateway High 746 745 -1 No
George Washington High 785 780 -5 No
Internatiuonal Studies Academy Alternative 596 622 29 No
John O'Connell Alternative High 548 603 55 No
June Jordan School for Equity 503 563 60 No
Leadership High 618 647 29 No
Lowell High 949 954 5 n/a
Metropolitan Arts and Technology High 637 676 39 No
Mission High 555 625 70 No
Phillip and Sala Burton Academy High 620 672 52 No
Raoul Wallenberg Traditional High 743 777 34 n/a
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of Arts High 780 844 64 n/a
Thurgood Marshall High 581 600 19 No

*=does not have 2009 base test
n/a= not available
Source: California Department of Education

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