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theschoolboards
09-15-2011, 11:10 AM
From Rachel Norton's (http://rachelnorton.com/2011/09/15/board-meeting-recap-sept-13-2011/) blog:
The most substantive item on the Board’s agenda Tuesday night was an update on the district’s performance on the California Standards Test and the state-reported Academic Performance Index (API). Dr. Ritu Khanna, the district’s head of research, presented an overview of how various subgroups (racial groups, English learners, special education students) fared on the tests, and for the most part, the news was mildly good. On average, scores have continued to increase a few percentage points per year, and the achievement gap is narrowing, slowly (though the pace of improvement is nothing to write home about). Here is the best chart I saw tonight:

http://rpnorton.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/algebra.jpg

Yes, the rate of proficiency went down about six percentage points over the period depicted. But the number of students who are actually proficient has increased. What this chart says to me is that we are encouraging more students to enroll in algebra and higher-level math courses, and more students, in absolute terms, are finding success in these courses. This is essential if we are going to realize the Board’s policy of graduating every student college- or career-ready.

Here is the worst chart I saw tonight:

http://rpnorton.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/ela-proficiency-2011.jpg

The “percent proficient target” of 67 percent is the Adequate Yearly Progress target required under No Child Left Behind — as you can clearly see, the district as a whole did not make AYP in English/Language Arts, and most of its subgroups did not reach the target either. (The district and most subgroups did not make AYP in mathematics, either, but came a bit closer).

read more>> (http://rachelnorton.com/2011/09/15/board-meeting-recap-sept-13-2011/)