Today, the CA Department of Education released the Accountability reports for schools throughout the state. Although LAAMS had received its raw scores in August, the API score released today is significant because it measures how our school has been performing over time. After many years of positive growth, this last school year did not produce continued growth. We went down by 5 points in the API measure.
This score is bittersweet. We have an organized and efficient campus, one that many families flock to, and one that takes pride in serving the community. We knew, however, that the loss of 23 teachers due to the 2009 Reduction in Force would have a terrible impact on our school community, and by extension, our test scores. It did.
We increased the number of students who sank to the the lowest of levels, Far Below Basic. This is not an increase that we should have. Because California gives the most points for moving students out of this level, you also get dinged pretty hard for increasing the numbers there.
This blog has served to chronicle how our school survived the brutal dismissal of some of our most esteemed and talented colleagues. We survived, but our test scores show our survival was bloody. There is no other way to explain how years and years of positive growth all of a sudden came to a stop. According to the CDE website, our school has never had negative growth since it opened its doors in 1998.