The Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) reported to the Board of Trustees at their last meeting on the 2011 Accountability Progress Report which provides student achievement data on specific school sites. The two main portions of the report were the Academic Progress Index (API) and the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
API is a number that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the results of each school’s students on statewide tests.
AYP shows how well schools and districts are meeting standards of academic performance with yearly AYP increases with the goal of 100 percent of students performing at or above proficient levels by 2013-2014.
Schools that fall behind the goal of 800 are required to meet program improvement goals. In the event a school does not meet these goals it enters into Program Improvement (PI) which requires additional steps in the event it remains in PI consecutive years. There are some circumstances that allows a school to meet Annual Yearly Progress without meeting statewide targets, such as showing significant growth.
Below is a summary of the API scores for each school:
School 2011 API Change from 2010 Met AYP Goals
Brown Elementary – 753 +7 No – 2nd year PI
Crowell Elementary – 736 -5 No – 1st year PI
Cunningham Elementary – 711 +17 No – 3rd year PI
Dutcher Middle School – 808 +4 No – but met "Safe Harbor" Criteria
Earl Elementary – Scores not available for 2011 due to testing irregularity
Julien Elementary – 811 +14 No – 2nd year in Program Improvement
Medeiros Elementary – 859 +15 No – but met "Safe Harbor" Criteria
Osborn Two Way Immersion – 757 +35 No – but met "Safe Harbor" Criteria
Pitman High School – 767 +3 No
Turlock High School – 782 +30 Yes
Turlock Jr High – 764 +26 No
Wakefield Elementary – 708 -9 No – 3rd year PI
Walnut Elementary – 886 +23 Yes
School District- 773 +13 No – 3rd year PI
There were many positive improvements over the last year including that TUSD no longer has any schools that fall below a 700. However, they do have an Action Plan to continue improvements to meet statewide criteria. Below are the highlights of the District Action Plan, which staff plans to make specific to each school site this year:
District Action Plan
TUSD Strategic Plan/Site Strategic Plans
DAIT in partnership with SCOE
School Leadership Team Trainings
Administrative Walk Throughs
Strategic intervention and intensive support classes
District-wide Standards Aligned Curriculum
Pacing Calendars/Curriculum maps and Benchmark Assessments
School Board Members commended staff and schools for their hard work and dedication to make improvements.
Cunningham was recognized for their significant improvement of +17 after undergoing required restructuring last year due to consecutive years of not meeting AYP.
TUSD Trustee Tami Muniz pointed out that she has had a chance to meet with the principal and staff many times over the last year and they are very determined to make the improvements necessary.
"The scores show that we are making progress but even better is when students come home and are talking about the scores because they are excited,” stated TUSD Trustee Josh Bernard. “I think that as students move forward we will see a snowball effect of continued improvement."