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Coronado's School Achievement Scores Dip Slightly in 2011-12

Two campuses rose and two fell according to the latest data released by the state.

Coronado schools dropped slightly in state Academic Performance Index scores, but still far surpass the target score set by the state, which San Diego schools just met.

The overall Coronado Unified School District score of 894 fell by by two points in 2011-12, according to figures released by the California Department of Education.

It was a split decision at individual schools:

  • Coronado High's scores tipped up slightly, 2 points, to 874.
  • Coronado Middle showed the largest gain, 5 points, to 914.
  • Village Elementary dropped most sharply, by 16 points, to 906.
  • Silver Strand Elementary dropped 5 points to 901.

Coronado school officials also noted the district's score is tops among those posted in San Diego County.

“Even though the bar to achieve Annual Yearly Progress (AYP) escalates each year, our faculty and staff continue to meet the challenge and exceed the standard, Jeff Felix, the district superintendent said in a statement. “I am proud of the academic progress of our students. We will not rest on our accomplishments; I intend to intensify the rigor of our standards and instruction over the next school year and beyond.”

To compare, the San Diego Unified School District's API score, which summarizes students' performance on a series of tests – rose by 10 points, but at 808 lags far behind Coronado's average. 

The performance is the second best in the state among large districts, trailing only the 815 posted by Garden Grove, in Orange County.

Possible scores range from 200 to 1,000, with a performance target of 800. 

The statewide API score increased by 10 points, from 778 last year to 788, according to the figures. More than half of California schools met or exceeded the 800-point bar in 2011-12, up four percentage points from the previous year.

API reflects growth in student achievement from one year to the next. It is determined by results on the California Standards Tests in English, math, history/social science and science, and the California High School Exit Exam.

“We've set a high bar for schools and they have more than met the challenge, despite the enormous obstacles that years of budget cuts have put in their way,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said. “The incredible efforts of teachers, administrators, school employees, parents and students should serve as an inspiration to us all.”

Statewide, elementary school scores increased by 7 points to 815, while middle schools jumped 14 points to 792 and high schools increased 11 points to 752. The percentage of campuses that met the API benchmark:

  • Elementary schools, 59 percent.
  • Middle schools, 49 percent.
  • High schools, 30 percent.

 

Among the large school districts in San Diego County that did not post API scores of 800 or above were:

  • Grossmont Union High, 734, up 10 points
  • South Bay Union Elementary, 788, up 12 points
  • Sweetwater Union High, 794, up 10 points.

At Sweetwater, district officials said some schools posted large gains, including Hilltop High School. The campus' score climbed 25 points to top 800 for the first time, at 806.

 

– City News Service contributed to this report.

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