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February 18, 2009 > Test rankings higher in revised report

Test rankings higher in revised report

Submitted By Rick LaPlante

The New Haven Unified School District as a whole and two schools in particular have even higher Academic Performance Index rankings than were originally reported, under the annual revised report released today by the California Department of Education.

Last September, the state reported that Alvarado Middle School had improved by 38 points on the API from a score of 768 in 2006-07 to a score of 806 in 2007-08, becoming the fifth New Haven school to score above the state target of 800.

According to the revised report, AMS actually improved by 40 points, to 808, in joining Eastin Elementary (889), Pioneer Elementary (843), Alvarado Elementary (816) and Kitayama Elementary (805) in the "800 Club."

AMS's remarkable improvement was overlooked a bit in September, because another District school, Hillview Crest Elementary, recorded a one of the most dramatic gains in the state, jumping 71 points from 707 in 2006-07 to 778.

"It's great to have a second chance to recognize the students and staff at AMS for their hard work and achievement," Superintendent Kari McVeigh said.

The District's other middle school, Cesar Chavez, also received a higher score today. The state originally reported that CCMS had improved by 3 points, from 775 in 2006-07 to 778 in 2007-08. The revised report indicated that CCMS improved by 6 points, to 781.

The District as a whole improved its API by 14 points, to 764, one point higher than was reported in September. The District has recorded double-digit improvement three times in the past four years.

"Two points at one school, six points at another, one point for the District as a whole, it's just a little more evidence that we're doing the right work," Chief Academic Officer Glynn Thompson said.

The current API rankings are derived from Standardized Testing and Results (STAR) scores and from California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) scores on tests taken during the 2007-08 school year.

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