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Submitted by on 1, September 9, 2008 – 11:45 amNo Comment

The latest round of school test scores is out, and it looks like the Island’s schools did … okay!

Here’s the Academic Performance Index scores, hot off the state Department of Education’s website:

School (2008/2007)
Amelia Earhart Elementary 910/917
Bay Farm Elementary 934/925
Donald D. Lum Elementary 845/818
Edison Elementary 913/910
Frank Otis Elementary 897/884
Franklin Elementary 903/911
Henry Haight Elementary 803/821
Ruby Bridges Elementary 801/775
Washington Elementary 774/798
William G. Paden Elementary 850/829
Chipman Middle 724/703
Lincoln Middle 882/870
Will C. Wood Middle 762/770

A score of 800 or above is considered excellent. Data for the state’s high schools won’t be available until November.

All of Alameda Unified’s elementary schools made “adequate yearly progress” on their test scores as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, as did Lincoln Middle School (though Washington failed to meet its API target this year). But none of the Island’s high schools or charter schools met all the requirements of the adequate yearly progress measure.

Will C. Wood Middle School also failed to meet adequate yearly progress requirements, as did Chipman Middle School, which is in its third year of “program improvement” status – meaning it has failed to meet federal proficiency requirements.

Federal law requires schools to make progress toward test score goals and also requires a percentage of students to be proficient in math and English – a percentage which increases each year. Proficiency is also broken down and measured by race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status and other factors, including disability and English as a second language. This year, about a third of students are required to be proficient in English and math.

If you want more info on this (and you must if you’ve read this far), the school board will get a lengthy briefing on What It All Means at its meeting tonight, which begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at City Hall. In the meantime, the Chronicle’s Nanette Asimov had a great article Friday that explains all this stuff. You can also get the data straight from the state: API here, AYP here.

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