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September 23, 2009 > Fremont schools gain in performance evaluations

Fremont schools gain in performance evaluations

Submitted By Nicole Steward

Grimmer Elementary School and Walters Junior High School achieved Academic Performance Index (API) scores of 800 and 808 (with gains of 38 and 26 points respectively), and are now ranked as high performing. The Academic Performance Index (API) is one measure of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and is given on a scale of 200-1000 and schools scoring above 800 are ranked as high performing.

Just released test results of the annual California Department of Education Accountability Progress Report (APR) show that Fremont Unified School District has continued to achieve gains in meeting Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets. AYP results for the District indicate 41 of 42 criteria met. Of 28 FUSD elementary schools, 20 met their 2009 AYP goals, as did one of five junior high schools and two of the five comprehensive high schools.

A few additional highlights from this year's report include:

The District's 2009 Academic Performance Index (API) growth score remains strong at a score of 861. This is an increase of 12 points from last year.

25 of the 28 elementary schools, all of the five junior high schools, and two of the five comprehensive high schools have API scores above 800.

Centerville and Thornton Junior High Schools posted double-digit increases in their API score.

Irvington High School has improved their API score to 830, with a gain of 38 points.

Seven of the elementary schools improved their API scores by over 20 points. Oliveira had a gain of 45 points, while Brookvale and Patterson gained 39 and 35 points respectively.

Durham Elementary School, having missed the AYP criteria in math for the second consecutive year, has moved into Year One of Program Improvement. Along with the dedication and skillful work of their principal, literacy coaches, and teachers, Durham will be given additional resources from the District to support improvement in the coming year.

The AYP and API present increasing challenges for all California districts because the bar for success is now being raised every year. Last year, FUSD provided all schools with an on-line assessment reporting and analysis system to better examine students' specific skill strengths and weaknesses. With this tool and other supports, schools will be better able to provide the needed strategies to help all of our students succeed. The goal continues to be for all students tested to test proficient or above by 2014.

Fremont Unified School District is comprised of 42 schools including 29 elementary, five junior high, six high schools, an adult school, and the Mission Valley ROP. We serve over 31,000 students and have 3,000 classified and certificated staff. Our mission is to provide equitable opportunities that educate, challenge, and inspire students of all ages, talents, and ability levels while preparing each with the skills required to adapt and succeed in an ever-changing world. For more information visit www.fremont.k12.ca.us.

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