More San Mateo County schools to face sanctions 

Last year, Amanda Neborsky, the principal at Hoover Elementary in Redwood City, promised the school’s 880 students that if the school met its goals on the state’s standardized tests all teachers would come to school with blue hair.

This Friday, she will join teachers in fulfilling their end of the bargain by donning blue wigs for the day.

Hoover Elementary, however, is an exception. The number of Peninsula schools facing federal sanctions under the No Child Left Behind Act for failing to make “Adequate Yearly Progress” increased by 50 percent — from 30 schools to 45 — according to reports released by state education officials Tuesday. There are about 155 public schools in the county.

Under the federal law passed in 2001, all students are expected to become proficient in math and English by the year 2014. To that end, the state sets annual targets for a set percentage of students who must reach the grade level goal.

If a school does not meet the proficiency goals for two years in a row, it is designated as a “Program Improvement” school.

Each year a school is in Program Improvement, it faces increasingly severe changes. Schools that remain on the list for five consecutive years contend with having their staff replaced, receiving new governance and possible school restructuring.

Schools must show progress for two years in a row to be removed from the list. No school in San Mateo County exited the list this year.
San Mateo was not alone in struggling to meet federal standards. Statewide, 675 schools entered Program Improvement, while only 54 schools exited.

Ironically, test scores in San Mateo County are ahead of overall proficiency levels for students statewide.

At the same time that schools are required to increase proficiency levels, they have also been subject to massive budget cuts from the state.

The San Mateo-Foster City School District has been hit with $18 million in cuts over the past two years, district spokeswoman Joan Rosas said. This year, the district saw test score improvement, but not enough to meet federal standards.

Rosas said the district will consider options such as turning more of its campuses into magnet schools, which will make them eligible for more federal funding.

Gary Waddell, associate superintendent for instruction at the San Mateo County Office of Education, said the office will be stretched to provide help to the 15 new schools on the list, but will try to be creative with the funding it has.

“Certainly this is a difficult fiscal year all around, but it doesn’t remove us from the obligation to help students receive the education they need and deserve,” he said.

As for Hoover Elementary, where 88 percent of students are eligible for free or reduced lunch and 75 percent are English learners, the staff may glow with pride under blue wigs on Friday — but it’s back to the books on Monday. The school needs to make its test score goals for a second year to get off the Program Improvement list.

“We’ve been working so hard and we’re so close to being off Program Improvement,” Neborsky said. “It’s going to be challenging, but we know we can do it.”

San Mateo County ranks higher than state scores

The Accountability Progress Index, or API, is a number between 200 and 1,000 assigned to California schools that reflects student performances on English and math tests. The state goal is an 800 score; below is the percentage of Peninsula schools that beat that score in each of the last four years.

 

 

San Mateo County test results
How San Mateo County public schools fared in 2009 compared with 2008 on the Academic Performance Index, the state accountability model, which has a performance target of 800 for each school
 
Name 2008 2009 Change Met federal benchmark?
BAYSHORE ELEMENTARY DISTRICT
Bayshore Elementary School 677 674 -3 No
Robertson (Garnet J.) Intermediate School 715 731 16 No
 
BELMONT-REDWOOD SHORES ELEMENTARY DISTRICT
Central Elementary School 922 930 8 Yes
Cipriani Elementary School 881 870 -11 Yes
Fox Elementary School 896 900 4 Yes
Nesbit Elementary School 817 832 15 Yes
Sandpiper Elementary School 897 935 38 Yes
Ralston Intermediate School 872 900 +28 Yes
BRISBANE ELEMENTARY DISTRICT
Brisbane Elementary School 826 819 -7 Yes
Panorama Elementary School 711 703 -8 No
Lipman Middle School 810 812 2 Yes
BURLINGAME ELEMENTARY DISTRICT
Franklin Elementary School 919 922 3 Yes
Lincoln Elementary School 921 925 4 Yes
McKinley Elementary School 804 813 9 Yes
Roosevelt Elementary School 898 882 -16 Yes
Washington Elementary School 860 908 48 Yes
Burlingame Intermediate School 878 889 11 Yes
 
HILLSBOROUGH CITY ELEMENTARY DISTRICT
North Hillsborough School 983 982 -1 Yes
South Hillsborough School 972 965 -7 Yes
West Hillsborough School 976 987 11 Yes
Crocker Middle School 949 941 -8 Yes
 
JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Anthony (Susan B.) Elem. School 770 760 -10 No
Brown (Margaret P.) Elem. School 798 770 -28 No
Edison (Thomas) Elem. School 790 798 8 Yes
Garden Village Elementary School 742 765 23 Yes
Kennedy (John F.) Elem. School 776 743 -33 No
Roosevelt (Franklin) Elem. School 736 753 17 Yes
Tobias Elementary School 834 821 -13 No
Washington (George) Elem. School 754 711 -43 No
Webster (Daniel) Elem. School 782 769 -13 No
Westlake Elementary School 770 765 -5 No
Wilson (Woodrow) Elem. School 785 762 -23 Yes
Franklin (Benjamin) Intermediate School 713 701 -12 No
Pollicita (Thomas R.) Middle School 730 731 1 No
Rivera (Fernando) Intermediate School 792 780 -12 No
 
JEFFERSON UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Jefferson High School 649 646 -3 No
Oceana High School 768 756 -12 Yes
Terra Nova High School 754 775 21 Yes
Thornton High Continuation School 511 597 86 Yes
Westmoor High School 778 782 4 No
 
MILLBRAE ELEMENTARY DISTRICT
Green Hills Elementary School 866 904 38 Yes
Lomita Park Elementary School 721 797 76 No
Meadows Elementary School 842 851 9 Yes
Spring Valley Elementary School 877 882 5 Yes
Taylor Middle School 845 856 11 No
 
PACIFICA SCHOOL DISTRICT
Cabrillo Elementary School 861 868 7 Yes
Linda Mar Educational Center 732 696 -36 Yes
Ocean Shore Elementary School 847 856 9 Yes
Ortega Elementary School 800 809 9 Yes
Sunset Ridge Elementary School 790 780 -10 No
Vallemar Elementary School 877 867 -10 Yes
Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School 788 801 13 No
 
REDWOOD CITY ELEMENTARY DISTRICT
Adelante Spanish Immersion Elementary 799 852 53 Yes
Clifford Elementary School 807 809 2 No
Cloud (Roy) Elementary School 877 886 9 Yes
Fair Oaks Elementary School 694 673 -21 No
Ford (Henry) Elementary School 794 808 14 Yes
Garfield Charter School 689 687 -2 No
Gill (John) Elementary School 778 745 -33 No
Hawes Elementary School 720 736 16 Yes
Hoover Elementary School 705 715 10 Yes
Newcomer Academy 374 358 -16 No
North Star Academy 988 989 1 Yes
Orion Alternative School 870 868 -2 Yes
Roosevelt Elementary School 712 723 11 No
Selby Lane Elementary School 715 702 -13 No
Taft Elementary School 774 784 10 Yes
Kennedy (John F.) Middle School 670 683 13 No
McKinley Institute of Technology School 699 737 38 Yes
 
SAN BRUNO PARK ELEMENTARY DISTRICT
Allen (Decima M.) Elem. School 755 773 18 No
Belle Air Elementary School 713 729 16 No
Crestmoor Elementary School 850 837 -13 Yes
El Crystal Elementary School 852 828 -24 Yes
John Muir Elementary School 838 859 21 Yes
Portola Elementary School 864 901 37 Yes
Rollingwood Elementary School 792 823 31 Yes
Parkside Intermediate School 747 763 16 Yes
 
SAN CARLOS ELEMENTARY DISTRICT
Arundel Elementary School 892 917 25 Yes
Brittan Acres Elementary School 892 907 15 Yes
Charter Learning Center 893 900 7 Yes
Heather Elementary School 816 861 45 Yes
White Oaks Elementary School 904 913 9 Yes
Central Middle School 867 881 14 Yes
Tierra Linda Middle School 908 921 13 Yes
 
SAN MATEO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Aragon High School 813 822 9 Yes
Burlingame High School 826 835 9 Yes
Capuchino High School 710 713 3 No
Hillsdale High School 772 774 2 Yes
Mills High School 837 845 8 Yes
Peninsula Continuation School 518 506 -12 No
San Mateo High School 749 743 -6 No
 
SAN MATEO-FOSTER CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Audubon Elementary School 883 890 7 Yes
Baywood Elementary School 919 946 27 Yes
Beresford Elementary School 830 780 -50 No
Brewer Island Elementary School 949 949 0 Yes
College Park Elementary 765 763 -2 No
Fiesta Gardens International Elem. School 745 769 24 No
Foster City Elementary School 928 932 4 Yes
George Hall Elementary School 806 823 17 Yes
Highlands Elementary School 853 872 19 Yes
Horrall (Albion H.) Elem. School 748 729 -19 No
Laurel Elementary School 830 840 10 Yes
Meadow Heights Elementary School 836 843 7 Yes
North Shoreview Elementary School 810 854 44 No
Park Elementary School 791 789 -2 No
Parkside Elementary School 761 777 16 No
Sunnybrae Elementary School 780 802 22 No
Abbott Middle School 795 816 21 No
Bayside S.T.E.M. Academy 704 702 -2 No
Borel Middle School 804 835 31 No
Bowditch Middle School 905 917 12 Yes
 
SEQUOIA UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
Carlmont High School 800 827 27 No
Menlo-Atherton High School 758 771 13 No
Redwood High Continuation School 640 772 132 Yes
Sequoia High School 710 737 27 No
Summit Preparatory Charter High School 801 827 26 Yes
Woodside High School 740 747 7 No
 
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Buri Buri Elementary School 833 874 41 Yes
Junipero Serra Elementary School 814 815 1 No
Los Cerritos Elementary School 741 752 11 No
Martin Elementary School 729 760 31 No
Monte Verde Elementary School 835 856 21 Yes
Ponderosa Elementary School 821 843 22 Yes
Skyline Elementary School 809 815 6 Yes
Spruce Elementary School 786 804 18 Yes
Sunshine Gardens Elementary School 790 815 25 Yes
Alta Loma Middle School 772 793 21 Yes
Parkway Heights Middle School 682 688 6 No
Westborough Middle School 786 * * No
Baden High Continuation School 400 537 137 Yes
El Camino High School 750 773 23 No
South San Francisco High School 721 763 42 No

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