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District Leads County in Academic Growth
The California Department of Education has released the academic API scores for all schools and districts in the state and Morongo Unified has received some extremely positive news. The District led the entire county, along with Needles School District, with an 18-point growth. According to Dr. Cecelia English, superintendent of Morongo Unified, the preliminary data indicates that a number of districts are projected to have a decline in API this year, which makes this large growth even more exceptional.
According to English, “We had 12 out of 16 schools to post significant gains this year, growing between 16 and 41 points in only one year.” Yucca Mesa Elementary led the district with a 41-point growth, while several other schools closely followed. “Condor Elementary, Yucca Valley Elementary, and Twentynine Palms Junior High saw an increase in academic scores between 35 and 39 points.” Additionally, Friendly Hills, Landers, Morongo Valley, Palm Vista, and Twenty Nine Palms Elementary schools, as well as La Contenta Middle School all saw growth between 16 and 29 points.
Black Rock High School, an Alternative Schools Accountability School (ASAM) also experienced tremendous growth of 49 points. According to English, because of the small size of these ASAM schools, as well as the constantly changing populations, many of these schools in the state sometimes experience wide variations in scores from year to year; however, this large growth shows that a lot of hard work is occurring at Black Rock High. Only two schools had a slight decline in scores: Onaga Elementary (-8) and Joshua Tree Elementary (-2).
English indicated that the state’s target is an 800 API score. “The entire district is now only three points shy of that mark and we also have nine schools which have exceeded that mark. All of our middle/junior high schools are now over 800 API, as are seven elementary schools.”
“I credit this incredibly large growth to the hard work of the students, staff, and administrators. Also, over the past few years, the district and schools have invested in new technology systems, a new academic data system, interventions and intervention teachers in order to provide tools and personnel to target the academic needs of our students.”
According to English, “I think that it is very important to point out that we now have two schools which are very close to 900 API: Condor and Friendly Hills Elementary Schools. As a school gets to 900 API and higher, they are frequently considered some of the best schools in California.”
The state will change their API system for the 2014-15 academic year to align with the new state and national Common Core Standards. “As of now, we do not know what this will look like and how it will change from the current API system.” The district has been busily preparing for this change by purchasing many new computers to accommodate the new online testing, as well as providing teachers with Common Core Training.”
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