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November 13, 2012 > New Haven District sees more evidence of progress

New Haven District sees more evidence of progress

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Test results released October 11 show more evidence that efforts to close the "achievement gap" are succeeding in the New Haven Unified School District.

The APR (Accountability Progress Reports) released by the California Department of Education show that New Haven is making progress in tackling one of the most difficult problems in public education, the "gap" between high-performing students (typically Asian and white sub-groups) and lower-performing students (typically Hispanic/Latino and African-American sub-groups). Today's results, which include both AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) and API (Academic Performance Index) numbers, mirror CAHSEE (California High School Exit Exam) and STAR (Standardized Testing and Results) results released in August.

District-wide, 58.4 percent of New Haven students tested proficient or advanced in English/Language Arts in 2011-12, up from 57.7 percent in 2010-11, according to AYP results. Even more encouraging was the improvement in the percentage of African-American students who tested proficient or advanced, up almost 5 points, to 47.3 percent, from 42.6 percent in 2010-11. African-American students also gained 4 points on the API scale, more than any other subgroup in the District.

James Logan High School raised its API by 4 points to 738, and Alvarado Elementary improved by 2 points, to 855, but most other schools declined. The District's overall API dropped slightly, from 775 to 773, but still is up 42 points over the past seven years. There also was a slight drop in AYP in the percentage of students testing proficient or advanced in mathematics, from 53.5 percent to 53 percent.

API scores (on a scale of 200 to 1,000) by school: Alvarado Elementary 855, Eastin Elementary 896, Emanuele Elementary 798, Hillview Crest Elementary 757, Kitayama Elementary 832, Pioneer Elementary 833, Searles Elementary 749, Alvarado Middle 817, Cesar Chavez Middle 715, James Logan High 738, Conley-Caraballo High 482 (the CDE notes that APIs based on small numbers of students, such as CCHS, are less reliable).

More information is available on the California Department of Education website (www.cde.ca.gov).

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