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April 3, 2007 > Alvarado, Kitayama, Logan lead in academic gains

Alvarado, Kitayama, Logan lead in academic gains

Dramatic academic improvement at Alvarado Elementary School and solid gains at Kitayama Elementary and James Logan High School are evident in the latest report on standardized test scores, released by the California Department of Education.

The state released the 2006 Academic Performance Index (API) "base reports," including 1-10 rankings comparing individual schools, both to schools across the state (statewide rankings) and to schools that are demographically similar (similar-schools rankings).

Alvarado Elementary, which had a similar-schools rank of 1 in 2005, improved to 5 in 2006, reflecting a 42-point increase in the schools overall API, as announced last fall. A school's API score is a product of STAR (Standardized Test and Results) tests taken last spring.

"We're proud of our students, their parents and the teachers and staff at Alvarado, New Haven Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Pat Jaurequi said. Kitayama Elementary and Logan High both improved from similar-schools ranks of 3 in 2005 to 6 in 2006. Both schools had 28-point increases in overall API.

Alvarado, Kitayama and Logan also improved their statewide rankings, as did Cabello Elementary and Searles Elementary. Seven of the District's eight elementary schools now boast statewide rankings of 6 or higher: Eastin (9), Kitayama (8), Pioneer (8) and Alvarado (7), Cabello (6), Emanuele (6) and Searles (6).

At the middle school level, Alvarado Middle and Cesar Chavez both have statewide rankings of 7, with Barnard-White at 5. Of concern, though, are the similar-schools results: Barnard-White slipped from 6 to 4, Cesar Chavez from 5 to 3, and Alvarado Middle from 3 to 1.

"That's a trend we want to reverse, obviously, which is why we were so happy to work with the New Haven Teachers Association on a plan to go from 42-minute periods to 50-minute periods next year," Dr. Jaurequi said. "All of our middle schoolers are going to get more math instruction next year, and our struggling readers are going to get more
reading time. I think that will translate into some dramatic gains when we get to see the API scores in 2008-09."

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