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Grading a Pacifica Education

Pacifica schools show improvement in district wide test scores.

Pacifica School District 2011 standardized testing have been released, and the district’s score comes in at 844.

Known as the 2011 Growth Academic Performance Index (API), this score is a summary of results from tests administered to students in the district as a part of the Spring 2011 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The index is scored on a scale of 200 to 1000.

Pacifica School District's 2011 Growth API is up 2 points from the 2010 API Base score of 842.

These scores are significant to schools in the district as a rating of student performance and, consequently, the quality of education in Pacifica schools

2,397 students participated from Cabrillo Elementary, Ocean Shore Elementary, Ortega Elementary, Sunset Ridge Elementary and Vallemar Elementary.

Across all participating schools, Cabrillo Elementary scored the highest 2011 Growth API of 896. This school also had the greatest number of students participating in testing, 441 students.

Sunset Ridge Elementary scored the lowest of all schools, with a score of 829.

A run-down of Pacifica School District 2011 Growth API scores, by school:

Cabrillo Elementary 896

Vallemar Elementary 875

Ocean Shore Elementary 846

Ortega Elementary 838

Sunset Ridge Elementary 829

At the high school level, Pacifica schools also showed improvement in their 2011 Growth API scores.

Oceana High received a score of 793, compared to a 781 base score in 2010. Terra Nova High received a score of 801, compared to a 769 base score.

Judy Ann Ayala September 04, 2011 at 09:19 PM
Awesome!! My son is a senior at Oceana. I really love this school. Congrats Pacifica schools!!
Anastasia Crosson September 05, 2011 at 03:58 AM
A note to this article: There were no posted 2011 API scores for Pacifica's middle school Ingrid B. Lacy. According to results from the state Department of Education, " an adult irregularity in testing procedure occurred at the school affecting 5 percent or more of pupils tested. Therefore, this school does not have a valid API for 2011." For that full report see here: http://api.cde.ca.gov/Acnt2011/Flag11Growth.aspx?flag=2%20%20%20%20&allcds=41-689324130126
Gabriela Segovia-McGahan September 05, 2011 at 06:53 PM
In addition to the standardized testing scores, it would be great to someday have a cultural competency barometer to include as a more comprehensive "grade" of our nationwide/statewide/districtwide school system. In referencing 'culture', it's important to note that this doesn't simply mean race or ethnicity but socioeconomic status as well. Now that the state system doesn't require CLAD training, there is the potential for educational equity to fall through the cracks. There are those like Dr. Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade who fill the gap but in reality, it should be something inherent in our public education programs. And some may ask, "Why should I care?". That is answered here: http://rosesinconcrete.org/ Thanks for adding the piece about Ingrid B. Lacy. Although my children don't attend this school, it is useful information.

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