We applaud the efforts of the students, parents, community members, teachers and school staff for making great strides to continually improve our system by ensuring that every student demonstrates growth academically, socially, emotionally and civically.
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The Growth API reports are based on the 2011 STAR Program results for the California Standards Test (CST) in English Language Arts and Mathematics for grades two through eleven; Science for grades five, eight and nine through eleven; and History for grades eight through eleven. The California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA) for grades two through eleven, and the California Modified Assessment in English Language Arts for grades three through nine, Mathematics for grades three through eleven, and Science for grades five, eight and ten are included in the API. The California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) for grade ten through twelve is also a portion of the API.
What information will the API results yield?
· If students did or did not perform better than the previous year
· If the school or district met or exceeded the statewide target of 800
· If specific subgroups did or did not perform better than the previous year
· If specific subgroups met or exceeded the statewide target of 800
· Whether the achievement gap between subgroups is narrowing
· Where schools rank compared to schools of similar type and challenges
What is Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)?
AYP is required under Title I of the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001. A series of annual academic performance goals are established for each school, district and state as a whole and are determined to have met AYP if they meet or exceed the goals within the areas of Participation Rate, Percent Proficient, Academic Performance Index and Graduation Rate.
What assessments results are used in the AYP calculations?
The AYP calculations are taken from the CSTs and CMAs in English Language Arts and Mathematics for grades two through eight, the CAHSEE in English Language Arts and Mathematics for grade ten, and the CAPA in English Language Arts and Mathematics for grades two through eight and grade ten.
What information will our AYP results yield?
· The percent of students who participated in the STAR/CAHSEE assessments
· The percent of students proficient or advanced in English Language Arts and Mathematics
· How many more students are proficient or advanced this year compared to the previous year
· Whether each school is performing at or above the state target for this year
· Whether certain subgroups are performing at or above the state target
· Whether the achievement gap between subgroups is closing