LHS meets AYP, others fall short

By Nancy Gutierrez

As federal progress reports and state tests continue to raise their standards, faculty and administrators in school districts continue to create new strategies and implement teaching methods that target students underperforming on California Standards Tests (CST).

Schools are evaluated based on student performance on these tests at state and federal levels. The federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report was recently released. Lindsay High School was the only site in the Lindsay Unified School District to meet all of the 2004 AYP criteria. In order to meet the federal AYP, schools must have a 98 percent participation rate, have 13 percent of students be proficient in the English language arts test and 16 percent in the math test and meet state Academic Performance Index (API) goals. High schools must also meet a graduation rate set by the federal government.

At LHS, schoolwide results from the English test show 27.7 percent of students proficient or above. Math scores report 26.5 percent of students are proficient or above. The more significant scores involve English language learners. Twenty-one percent of EL students were proficient on the English language arts test as well as the math test.

There are 10 student subgroups evaluated on their performance on the test in addition to the school-wide rating. Schools must have at least 100 students in the subgroup in order for it to be evaluated. Each year schools must increase the amount of students who are proficient in the English language arts and math tests. This year 13 percent of students must score proficient or above in English and 16 percent in math.

Two subgroups at Lincoln Elementary School did not make their AYP goals in English language arts. Of the socioeconomically disadvantaged students and English learners only 10.8 percent and 9.6 percent were proficient, respectively.

At Jefferson Elementary each of its three subgroups - Hispanic, socioeconomically disadvantaged and English learners - did not meet targets for the English language arts tests, though all subgroups did meet math goals. In the school wide rating 12 percent were proficient in English language arts.

Results were the same at Washington Elementary School. Students there met proficiency goals in math but not English. At Steve Garvey Junior High School, the school-wide results just made AYP goals with 16.7 percent of the student body scoring proficient in English language arts. None of the subgroups made the target number. But all of the subgroups at Garvey made the target percentage in math.

All of the elementary schools have implemented a math strategy that has consistently improved math scores for the district. In a Sept.1 issue of the Lindsay Gazette Superintendent Janet Kliegl said 65 Percent of students are English learners. California administers English-only tests, which adds to the lower scores in certain subgroups. To see more results from the AYP report visit ayp.cde.ca.gov.

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