1. What is Assembly Bill (AB) 484?
Signed into law on October 2, 2013, AB 484 (Bonilla) establishes the California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress (CalMAPP) assessment system. The CalMAPP system replaces the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The primary purpose of the CalMAPP system is to assist teachers, administrators, and pupils and their parents by promoting high-quality teaching and learning through the use of a variety of assessment approaches and item types.
2. When does AB 484 take effect?
The provisions of AB 484 take effect on January 1, 2014.
via Assembly Bill 484 Questions and Answers – Assessment Information (CA Dept of Education).
By Lanz Christian Bañes
Vallejo High School has been stripped of its Academic Performance Index score this year due to a teachers violation of a standardized test security affidavit, according to documents that surfaced earlier this week.
The API is the states measure of academic achievement and is based primarily on state standardized tests.
During the science portion of the exam earlier this year at Vallejo High, the teacher administering the test asked students to use a testing strategy in which, on a separate piece of paper, students jotted down the number of the questions into three categories: those they knew, those they might know, and those they did not know, according to the irregularity report.
via Teachers API act at Vallejo High leads to state academic penalty – Vallejo Times Herald.
America’s K-12 students are not achieving the academic results we want them or need them to, and the evidence has piled up for a good number of years.
America’s ranking on international assessment tests lags behind a good dozen or more nations in math, science and reading.
We’ve gone from No. 1 in high school graduation to 22nd among industrialized nations. Fewer than half of our students complete college, meaning we now rank 14th among industrialized nations. Last month, the ACT company reported that one-third of students who took the 2013 test are not prepared for college-level writing, biology, algebra or social science classes.
via Students need more than the three R’s – The Reporter.
Brianna Boyd Editor
State test scores are “disappointing” and “discouraging” for Dixon Unified Dixon Montessori has highest score in local schools
The state delivered a somber message to Dixon Unified Thursday with the release of test scores that measure student achievement and growth. No ifs, ands or buts about it, Dixon Unified Superintendent Brian Dolan said, his school district’s results are disappointing and discouraging. Just about every school saw a drop on the Academic Performance Index (API), a numeric state index that measures student achievement from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000. And with the exception of Maine Prairie High School, all schools in Dixon Unified failed to meet all the components of the Adequate Yearly Progress, which includes English language arts, mathematics, API and graduation rate.
via State test scores are “disappointing”… – The Dixon Tribune | Facebook.
It’s a good year to be in education, especially if you’re affiliated in some way with the Fairfield-Suisun School District.
Our schools did not suffer deep cuts for another consecutive budget year, thanks to passage of Proposition 30 in November. No pink slips were given to teachers in the spring. No schools were shuttered during the summer.
via Great news on the school testing front Daily Republic.
Paul Warren and Heather Hough
California has made major progress in building a comprehensive educational data system, but most educators and policymakers lack access to the data that have been collected. This report outlines a series of small, cost-effective steps toward linking and sharing data that can help teachers and administrators improve student outcomes.
via Increasing the Usefulness of California’s Education Data (PPIC Publication).
Periodically – albeit, not frequently – it dawns on the Capitol’s politicians that the 6 million kids in California’s public schools aren’t learning as much as they should be, and they vow to do something big about it.
That’s why, for instance, then-Gov. Pete Wilson championed elementary school class size reduction nearly two decades ago. That’s why his successor, Gray Davis, pushed through the Public Schools Accountability Act, which rated districts and schools on academic improvements via testing.
Dan Walters: Does latest school ‘reform’ benefit students — or teachers? – Dan Walters – The Sacramento Bee.
Academic performance in Vallejo schools largely remained flat last year, according to new data released Friday by the state Department of Education.
Largely using standardized test results, the Academic Performance Index assigns schools a score between 200 and 1000 to schools with a state goal of having schools score at least 800.
Four Vallejo City Unified School District sites have reached that benchmark, all of them at the elementary level: Pennycook, Highland, Wardlaw and Vallejo Charter.
via Vallejo schools post same API performance scores.
As part of a push to measure how well a school is educating its students based on more than just test scores, California for the first time is planning to factor graduation rates into the state’s main measure of a school’s academic achievement.
The state Department of Education is recommending that as early as next year the proportion of students who receive some form of a high school diploma should account for a fifth of a school’s Academic Performance Index. The API is a composite score, between 200 and 1,000, that is based on students’ scores on standardized tests. Schools at the low end of the scale risk state sanctions, putting campuses under pressure to perform.
via Committee wrestles with incorporating graduation rate into API – by John Fensterwald.
By John Fensterwald
An education committee recommended Tuesday that the state stop docking the test scores of districts that don’t offer Algebra I in 8th grade. The recommendation by the Public Schools Accountability Act Advisory Committee would reverse a decade-old practice and could go to the State Board of Education as early as next month.
The Advisory Committee is charged with suggesting changes to the state’s school accountability system, the Academic Performance Index or API. It will soon be transformed as a result of the switch from state tests to tests aligned to the new Common Core standards, as well as the passage of Senate Bill 1458, which requires that career and college readiness measures and high school graduation rates be included, along with standardized test results, in the API.
via API penalties for not offering 8th grade Algebra to be dropped – by John Fensterwald.
By Merrill Vargo
Many readers of EdSource know that a variety of factors have combined to put rethinking accountability on state leaders’ to-do list. But most people don’t understand what is really at stake. It’s not just about whether we add measures of “college and career readiness” to the API. This is a worthy goal, but the issue of accountability is much bigger than that. Accountability isn’t just testing; it’s the whole structure of rules and regulations that govern school districts. Here’s why that matters.
via Creativity in the classroom is what’s really at stake with accountability – by Merrill Vargo.
Thirteen years ago, the Legislature – spurred by then-Gov.Gray Davis – made one of its periodic forays into educational reform, or so we were told.
The Public Schools Accountability Act purported to give us an objective measure of how well local schools were doing via a single number reflecting standardized test results.
By and by, the API numbers became factors in the buying and selling of homes, and eventually spawned efforts to evaluate teachers and principals by their students’ test scores, as well as parental campaigns to wrest control of low-API schools via charters.
via Dan Walters: California tries a new way to reform education.
By Smita Patel
The Ed-Data website has just been updated with 2011-12 accountability data.
For the first time, a majority of California schools (53%) reached the state’s Academic Performance Index (API) goal of 800 this year. But the number of schools making AYP, the federal measure of K-12 academic progress, continues to decline mainly due to steep annual increases in targets under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.
via School and District Accountability Data on Ed-Data – by Smita Patel.
By Diana Lambert
Keric Ashley doesn’t mind a challenge. The former schoolteacher and principal spent the last eight years at the helm of the Educational Data Management Division at the California Department of Education. He and his staff worked to complete a state data system to track student information known as CalPADS – the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System.
State Schools Superintendent Tom Torlakson has named Ashley director of the Analysis, Measurement and Accountability Reporting Division of the state Education Department. He is a key player in redesigning the state’s accountability system for schools. This is particularly important as the state prepares to begin computerized testing tied to new curriculum, as well as to revamp the Academic Performance Index – which compares the academic performance of students in each school.
via Q&A: Director chosen to lead state schools’ accountability overhaul.
FAIRFIELD — In a span where the district cut $41 million, most local schools have steadily improved test scores since being placed in Program Improvement in 2007.
Many of those successes were celebrated Thursday as members of the Fairfield-Suisun School District Board of Trustees were informed of the results from 2011-12 year. The board also got an update on what is being done at some of the sites that still haven’t shown improvement.
Named the Local Educational Agency Plan, the district is required to periodically report results as part of the program improvement guidelines set by the California Department of Education. Thursday’s meeting featured the 2011-12 end-of-year report.
via School board praises educators for test scores.
FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield-Suisun School District is showing progress while working its way out of program improvement status, according to a report that will be presented Thursday to the governing board.
Named the Local Educational Agency Plan, the district is required to periodically report results as part of the program improvement guidelines set by the California Department of Education. Thursday’s meeting will feature the 2011-12 end-of-year report.
Included are details of what strategies were taken to improve scores. With that are results of how students in all grades have fared over the past four years, based on performance in English, math and overall Academic Performance Index scores.
via Fairfield-Suisun school board to review academic progress.
An update on Academic Performance Index scores tops the staff reports when Vacaville Unified leaders meet tonight.
Widely regarded as a “report card on schools,” the results were announced Oct. 11 at the state Department of Education in Sacramento. API is a numeric index that ranges from 200 to 1,000. It combines annual Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) results with those from the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE).
Mark Frazier, the district’s chief academic officer, will deliver the report to the seven-member board, detailing an overall picture of the scores, then breaking them down by schools and subgroups.
In 2012, growth districtwide was up 10 points, from 776 to 786, with scores from some 9,200 students taken into account.
via Vacaville Unified School District trustees to get update on API scores.
There were likely some mixed emotions in Dixon Unified last week with the release of the state’s 2011-12 Accountability Progress Report, which measures student achievement and growth.
While there has certainly been some growth in the district over the last year – both Tremont Elementary School and CA Jacobs Middle School exceeded the state target of 800 on the Academic Performance Index (API) – it is clear there are areas the district needs to work on to improve. Only Tremont and CA Jacobs met all growth targets on the API, and while most of the schools in the district saw some gains in the numeric index, two schools, Anderson Elementary and Maine Prairie High School, experienced significant drops in scores.
via State progress report has mixed results for Dixon Unified
By Charlotte Sanchez-Kosa
Solano County schools received some good news with the recentg release of the California Department of Education’s (CDE) 2011-12 Accountability Progress Report (APR). Solano schools have increased student achievement compared to the 2010-11 school year. Kris Corey, assistant superintendent of Educational Services at the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District said officials are very pleased with the results.
“Our entire district went up 13 points which our entire district thought we had the most growth of any school district in the county,” she said. “Our teachers are receiving and attending a great deal of professional development and training and coaching. They’ve implement formative assessments and utilized this information to instruct and to re-teach and to enrich. Everyone is working hard and working toward that common vision of universal achievements and we’re just really excited.”
via Solano Schools See Increase in Student Achievement.
67% percent of Solano County schools improve their APIs
FAIRFIELD – Solano County schools received some good news with the release of the California Department of Education’s (CDE) 2011-12 Accountability Progress Report (APR) today. More Solano schools have increased student achievement compared to the 2010-11 school year.
Read more here: http://www.solanocoe.net/apps/news/show_news.jsp?REC_ID=272233&id=0
via Solano County school districts post an 11 point median gain
in Academic Perform….