Some San Mateo schools move up, others lag 

While San Mateo County’s Academic Performance Index scores are heading in the right direction, many districts whose schools showed major progress in 2006 also had schools that fell significantly behind.

In the San Mateo-Foster City School District, Turnbull Learning Academy (now College Park), Sunnybrae and Beresford schools all boosted API scores by 50 or more points between 2005 and 2006. At the same time, Laurel, Parkside and Meadow Heights schools slid by more than 25 points — 83, in Meadow Heights’ case.

The Redwood City School District had three schools among the top-10 gainers and one in the state’s top 25 API scores, but Roosevelt Elementary fell 25 points.

"We have taken communitywide input on how we can revitalize Roosevelt, and the parents have started theirown group to do that," said Jan Christensen, superintendent of the district.

In addition, because the district narrowly avoided program improvement status — a designation brought on by two consecutive years of failing to meet assessment benchmarks — it has adopted a districtwide curriculum for standardizing classes and raising test scores across the board.

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