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September 21, 2010 > Milpitas Unified increases API scores

Milpitas Unified increases API scores

Submitted By Beverly James

Milpitas Unified School District Academic Performance Index (API) gained another 17 points in 2010 from 814 to 831. Congratulations to the students and staff! Milpitas Unified exceeded the API growth of Santa Clara County and the State of California and all schools made their school wide targets. Ten of Milpitas' schools currently exceed the State target of 800. Seven schools made tremendous API gains from 2009 to 2010. Spangler School had the largest gain of 46 points from 806 to 852; Russell experienced the second highest gain of 45 points with an API increase from 827 to 872. Other significant gains include: Randall's API from 730 to 768; Rancho's API from 825 to 856; Burnett's API from 827 to 853; Weller's API from 781 to 795 and Milpitas High's API from to 783 to 796.

Under the federal No Child Left Behind accountability rules, schools and districts must make progress towards meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) criteria. The proficiency targets are increasing about 11 percent each year, with the goal of all students being proficient by 2014. District-wide, we met AYP participation and proficiency criteria. The District is pleased to have increased the percent of students reaching proficiency in all of our significant subgroups. Still, some of our student subgroups did not meet the proficiency targets in English Language Arts. Similarly, the Milpitas schools met their AYP criteria school-wide, but some did not meet the proficiency targets of some of their significant subgroups.

More great news! The District met all state Title III Accountability objectives for its English language learner student population. Primarily, the objectives monitor if students are gaining proficiency in the English language in reading, writing, listening and speaking.

While there is much to celebrate there are still areas the District needs to focus on to maximize the learning of all our students. MUSD will continue efforts to address the needs of all students and achieve our Strategic Plan goal of closing the achievement gap while improving academic achievement for ALL students.

The following California Department of Education (CDE) website provides API/AYP information on schools and districts: data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/

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