PUSD’s 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index Results Out

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy With the release of the 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index (API) results today by the California Department of Education (CDE), the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) and the state of California close the chapter on state standardized tests and API scores being based on the current state standards.Since the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) examinations were fully aligned to state standards in 2003, PUSD’s API score increased by over 100 points going from 648 in 2003 to 751 in 2013.The Academic Performance Index (API) measures the academic performance and growth of schools. The numeric index ranges from a low of 200 and to a high of 1000 with a statewide target of 800.Like the STAR tests on which the API scores are based, performance among PUSD schools was mixed. Eight PUSD schools received a score at or above 800, the state’s performance target. San Rafael Elementary saw the biggest increase among PUSD schools with a 54 point jump to score an 834 and crossed over the 800 API score threshold. Sierra Madre Elementary was the top scoring school in the district with an API score of 905.“The impact of the deep budget cuts of the last several years can be seen in the dip of scores at the district and state level, demonstrating that a 16% reduction in district revenues since 2008-2009 does have a lasting impact on the academic careers of students,” said PUSD Superintendent Jon R. Gundry. “In consideration of the district’s limited resources, we decided to focus on preparing students for the new Common Core Standards rather than take the ‘drill and kill’ instructional approach with these expiring standards.”The education system in California will be entering a new era of standards and assessments starting this school year. The state and district are transitioning to the Common Core State Standards, a set of common standards that will be shared among 45 states that describe clearly and consistently what students are expected to learn in mathematics and English language arts from kindergarten to 12th grade.For teachers it means teaching beyond the test and the past focus on the acquisition of content. Students will be asked to focus more on the why rather than the who, what, when and where. The new Common Core Standards are being phased into PUSD instruction this year after a teacher-driven process of revising and rewriting the district curriculum. For more information of the transition to Common Core, please visit www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc.As anticipated, CDE did not issue an API score to Norma Coombs Alternative School nor will it in 2014 due to a serious testing irregularity during the administration of the STAR tests last spring. In one classroom, students reported that they were encouraged to check their work during the test, a violation of test rules. When discovered, the district promptly reported the incident to CDE officials.“While the API results are disappointing for some of our schools, I encourage everyone to understand that a school is more than its API score,” stated Gundry. “The innovative programs that the district offers to prepare students for college and career such as our Pathways program and our focus on 21st Century Learning can’t be quantified by the latest round of scores. I look forward to full implementation of SB 1458 which will take programs such as ours into consideration when formulating a schools API score.”SB 1458 (Steinberg) changes the formula for an API score taking into consideration factors such as graduation rates and college and career readiness. The new formula will be in place by May 2015.The California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) results for 2012-1013 were also released today. 77 percent of first time 10th grade test takers passed the mathematics portion of the exam and 79 percent passed the English language arts portion. Students who do not pass one or both parts of the CAHSEE in grade 10 have two opportunities in grade 11 and up to five opportunities in grade12 to pass the exam and do not have to retake the part of the exam that they already passed.To see individual school API scores and background on the API and California’s other school accountability measures, please visit www.cde.ca.gov/getschoolreport. Top of the News Business News Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Fiona to target Limerick East?

first_imgAdvertisement “DON’T even contemplate coming to Limerick in search of a Dail seat,” are the words of advice this week to former Progressive Democrat and current senator, Fiona O’Malley, from local FF director of elections, Jack Bourke.It has been reported in Dublin that Ms O’Malley, daughter of Progressive Democrat founder Des O’Malley, could be on her way back to her native Limerick with a view to seeking a Fianna Fail nomination, should Willie O’Dea, decide to call it a day in Limerick East, before the next election.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Fiona O’Malley, who lost her Dail seat in the last general election, having represented Dun Laoghaire, was later nominated for the Seanad by Taoiseach, Brian Cowen.The former Laurel Hill student could be seen as the ideal candidate to continue the O’Malley dynasty in Limerick, started by her grand- uncle Donough O’Malley, followed by her dad Des, and cousin Tim O’Malley, former TD and Junior Minister for Health.She was not available for comment at her Seanad office this Tuesday.Should O’Dea quit politics, Fianna Fail would want a high profile candidate to run with Junior Minister, Peter Power.Said Bourke: “That would be a bad move, were it to happen. I don’t think the electorate would be too pleased.“Anyway, I don’t believe Willie O’Dea has any immediate plans to walk away from politics”.O’Dea, who has adopted a low profile, had asked for time to think over his future, claiming he had been offered a couple of directorships and also invited to lecture in colleges.Admitting that he had met the former Minister for Defence only once since he resigned his position, Mr Bourke said it was now up to Mr O’Dea, who is on compassionate leave from Dail Eireann, to control his tongue and sharp turn of wit.“Yes, It might be difficult for him in future to attain high office, but nothing is impossible”.On his own position, Mr Bourke said that he was unsure if he would continue to be director of elections for Fianna Fail, and for what would be a fifth time.Asked if he thought a snap election was on the horizon, he replied: “No matter how badly Fianna Fail do in opinion polls, they never take a hammering.“The unions are making noises at the moment, but not really putting on any great pressure. I believe the government will stay the course”.It was important to Fianna Fail, he concluded, that they be in government in 2016 to mark the 100th anniversary celebrations of the 1916 Rising, and the best way to ensure that would be to steady the ship and get the economy moving again. WhatsApp Linkedin Twitter Printcenter_img NewsLocal NewsFiona to target Limerick East?By admin – March 18, 2010 742 Email Previous articleIreland unchanged for Triple Crown deciderNext article‘End gay blood ban’, plead students admin Facebooklast_img read more