Fresno Unified’s achievement and academic gains are now reflected in the California Department of Education (CDE) Academic Performance Index.
The API focuses on a school’s shift in the number of students from specific performance bands to another on a scale from 200 to 1,000. For 2012, Fresno Unified’s API Growth Score is 724, a gain of 10 points.
Also, 42 of 92 schools met all API Growth Targets, bringing the total to 46% (up from 38% in 2011) and 67 schools now have API Growth scores above 700, up from 62 in 2011. Fourteen schools have API scores above 800 and two schools, Yosemite Middle and Tioga Middle, gained over 60 API points.
“Our API scores are solid. We are making steady gains and as we continue to examine and make adjustments to our efforts, that growth should expand in the years ahead. Our graduation rate is up, and our test scores are either higher or maintaining gains across the board. We have a lot to be excited about in this District,” stated Superintendent Michael Hanson.
“We’re using a regional approach to addressing the needs of site leaders and teachers this year. This will create greater alignment with our facilities master plan and engage teachers in accountable communities across grade levels. This should help yield even greater results this time next year. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but we are absolutely moving in the right direction.”
On the Federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) model, the District’s cohort graduation rate for the class of 2010-2011 was 72.7%, meeting the overall graduation rate. Fresno Unified met 24 of 46 AYP criteria and will remain a Program Improvement 3 District for 2012-2013, but District officials remain optimistic as the API indicates “growth” whereas AYP includes a set of measures that serve more as a sort of high jump bar of achievement.