SANTA MONICA-MALIBU UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PRESS RELEASE

Contact:  Maureen Bradford

310-450-8338, ext. 333

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 2, 2005

 

Santa Monica-Malibu Makes Impressive Gains in API Across all Grade Levels and All Groups

 

Santa Monica-Malibu Superintendent of Schools, Dr. John Deasy, announced impressive gains in the district’s API Growth Results released last week.  The API Growth reports include data on statistically significant subgroups of students.  The reports are used to determine whether or not schools and districts meet federal accountability targets for Annual Yearly Progress. 

SMMUSD’s 2005 Growth Reports show remarkable gains from our 2002 Base API for all of our statistically significant groups of students:  African American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, White (non-Hispanic), and Socio-economically Disadvantaged.  (See chart below.)  Dr. Deasy commented, “This level of growth is indicative of the high caliber of instruction taking place in our schools.  These scores are further evidence that we remain steadfast in our commitment to raising achievement for all students while closing the achievement gap.” 

SMMUSD API Scores

 

2002

Base API

2005 Growth API

Gains

District-wide

773

787

33

African American

632

678

46

Asian

857

893

24

Latino

646

698

52

White

839

867

28

Socio-economically Disadvantaged

641

697

56

 

Of particular note, the district’s four Title 1 elementary schools demonstrated remarkable growth for significant subgroups between 2002 and 2005.  McKinley Elementary, for example, posted a stellar gain of 72 points for Latino students and 49 points for socio-economically disadvantaged students.   Edison’s Latino students posted a 60-point gain, while their socio-economically disadvantaged students gained 43 points.   Also noteworthy is Lincoln Middle School’s incredible gain of 80 points for Latino students over this same four-year period.  Lincoln principal, Kathy Scott stated,  I truly believe this can be attributed to over four years of intense collaborative effort in three key areas.  As a team we have focused on establishing clear expectations, developing and teaching a standards-based curriculum and creating meaningful assessments that guide our instruction.”

In announcing California’s Growth API reports, Jack O’Connell, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, remarked “I am particularly pleased to see progress made by all students and in each subgroup of students.  While we clearly still have a long way to go, this shows our schools’ focus on California’s standards-based curriculum is paying dividends in improved student achievement.”  Across the state, 68 percent of California’s public schools met all of their state-required growth targets.  An additional 16 percent grew, although they did not reach their targets.  16 percent of schools’ API scores either remained the same or declined. To meet all 2004-05 API Growth targets, a school must meet its 5 percent schoolwide target and each numerically significant ethnic and socio-economically disadvantaged student subgroup at the school must improve at least 80 percent of the schoolwide target.

In contrast to the state, 79 percent of SMMUSD’s schools met their API growth targets.  An additional 21 percent grew, but missed their target.  No schools remained the same or had a declining API score.

Maureen Bradford, Director of Educational Services, echoed Dr. Deasy’s remarks:  “SMMUSD teachers and administrators have been tenacious and unrelenting in their efforts to see every student reach and exceed state standards.  At the district office, we are equally committed to providing the training and support needed to continue this exciting upward trend in achievement.  Our new standards-based elementary report cards are an additional tool to add to teachers’ toolkits for alignment of standards-based curriculum, instruction, assessment and reporting practices.

Beginning with the 2005 API Base report, which will be released in March 2006, two new subgroups will be added:  English Learners and students with disabilities. When additional information is released, SMMUSD’s Educational Services department will utilize this data in planning for further professional development and support services for continuous improvement of instruction and student achievement.

 

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