# Student Achievement at Britton Middle School An Annual Report to our School Community.

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Student Achievement at Britton Middle School An Annual Report to our School Community

State Student Achievement Measures The Academic Performance Index (API) The Academic Performance Index (API) What is it? What is it? What does it show? What does it show? What doesn’t it show? What doesn’t it show? First some background, then we’ll take a look!

The API is: The API is: A single number that represents all students in the school despite wide differences in student audiences. A single number that represents all students in the school despite wide differences in student audiences. A measurement based on a single test in select core subjects. A measurement based on a single test in select core subjects. A calculation based on test results where students are assigned one of only 5 possible values: 200, 500, 700, 875, or 1000…(a single answer moves a student from 700 to 875) A calculation based on test results where students are assigned one of only 5 possible values: 200, 500, 700, 875, or 1000…(a single answer moves a student from 700 to 875) A weighted average where English scores count 48%, Math 32% and History and Science 10% each. A weighted average where English scores count 48%, Math 32% and History and Science 10% each. A reasonable measure of how a school is doing over time compared to itself. A reasonable measure of how a school is doing over time compared to itself. An API is not An API is not A reliable single number measure to compare one entire school to another as the make up of each school is different. The API report includes subgroup performance data which provides for more reliable comparisons. A reliable single number measure to compare one entire school to another as the make up of each school is different. The API report includes subgroup performance data which provides for more reliable comparisons. (See Handout #1, Sample API reports)

So What are Britton’s API Trends? Double Digit growth for 2 years in a row! (one of only a few County wide) Double Digit growth for 2 years in a row! (one of only a few County wide) Every subgroup growth target met! Every subgroup growth target met! Growth on every test given (English, Math, History and Science). Growth on every test given (English, Math, History and Science). 762 778 802 State High Performing School Goal: 800

Subgroups Comparisons are more Valid…so where do we stand? Britton’s Latino Students 728 S.E.D students 715 Britton’s White Students 893 EL students 711 Britton’s White Students 893 Latino students 728 Palo Alto High School Latino Students 719 S.E.D students 703 Los Gatos High School White students 882 EL Students 702 CA State Average White students 867 Latino Students 751 Go Bobcats !!! (See Handout #2---API and Subgroup comparisons)

So Why is our Latino Subgroup Score Low? Latino Students audiences vary a lot based on the number of Latino students who are also English Learners. Britton has a high number of Latino-EL students which lowers the average group score. But Britton EL’s scored 711 compared to the State Average of 706. Britton’s English Fluent Latino Students scored 831 and would qualify as a State Distinguished School all by themselves!

EL Audience also Varies English Learners range from Beginning (1) to Nearly Fluent (5) as measured on the CELDT exam…MHUSD’s EL audience is heavily skewed towards the beginning end of the range: English Learners range from Beginning (1) to Nearly Fluent (5) as measured on the CELDT exam…MHUSD’s EL audience is heavily skewed towards the beginning end of the range: Percent of students at each CELDT level for District, County and State from California Department of Education most recent CELDT scores:

What about Math? There is a big effect on math scores based on which course/test the students are taking at which grade level. Many of our students have been taking tests that are one to two years ahead of the rest of the State: There is a big effect on math scores based on which course/test the students are taking at which grade level. Many of our students have been taking tests that are one to two years ahead of the rest of the State: Algebra 1 participation rates in 8 th grade: Algebra 1 participation rates in 8 th grade: Britton 85% Britton 85% County 64% County 64% State 57% State 57% Gilroy 66% Gilroy 66% Algebra 1 in 7 th grade Algebra 1 in 7 th grade Britton 10% Britton 10% State 8% State 8% Gilroy 0% Gilroy 0%

How do Math Scores impact overall API? Using the California Department of Education’s API Calculator, The non-math (all other subjects) API for Britton is 838 compared to our actual of 802 Using the California Department of Education’s API Calculator, The non-math (all other subjects) API for Britton is 838 compared to our actual of 802 The issue of invalid API comparisons based on math scores will be partly addressed by the Statewide adoption of common core standards. The issue of invalid API comparisons based on math scores will be partly addressed by the Statewide adoption of common core standards. Here’s a closer look: Here’s a closer look:

How do math enrollment practices impact the overall API? Here’s a look at the 10 closest area middle schools *Calculation from 2013 STAR results based on general education results and performed in CDE’s API calculator. API based on all subjects by Rank Bernal Middle School 862 Solorsano Middle School 840 Herman Middle School 830 Brownell Middle School 820 Rancho Middle School 803 Britton Middle School 802 South Valley Middle School 787 Murphy Middle School 786 Maze Middle School 770 Davis Middle School 763 API without math by Rank * Bernal Middle School 869 Solorsano Middle School 867 Murphy Middle School 845 Britton Middle School 838 Herman Middle School 837 Brownell Middle School 832 Rancho Middle School 830 Davis Middle School 800 Maze Middle School 799 South Valley Middle School 799 (See Handout #4)

Common Core Math Sequence Traditional Sequence Traditional Sequence Pre Algebra Pre Algebra Algebra 1 Algebra 1 Geometry Geometry Algebra 2 Algebra 2 Trig-Pre Calculus Trig-Pre Calculus AP Calculus or Stats AP Calculus or Stats Common Core Sequence Math 7 Math 8 (acceleration assessment) Math 1 Math 2 Math 3 (acceleration assessment) Trig-Pre Calculus AP Calculus or Statistics The course where accelerated students may move ahead has switched from between grades 6-7 to between grades 8-9. Math 1 topics are being used for enrichment during math 7-8 to ensure that students have a solid foundation to support acceleration Students will have another chance to accelerate at Math 3.

Our School Plan is Working!! Connecting Students with School through activities and relationship building: Connecting Students with School through activities and relationship building: Sports, Activities, Clubs, Band, Drama Productions, Educational Travel, Rachel’s Challenge, Capturing Kid’s Hearts. Sports, Activities, Clubs, Band, Drama Productions, Educational Travel, Rachel’s Challenge, Capturing Kid’s Hearts. Providing Targeted assistance for struggling students: Providing Targeted assistance for struggling students: Khan Academy, EL Academy, Read 180, Math Tutorial Khan Academy, EL Academy, Read 180, Math Tutorial Providing enrichment opportunities for accelerated students: Providing enrichment opportunities for accelerated students: Science MESA program, Math Club, Common Core Math Differentiation. Science MESA program, Math Club, Common Core Math Differentiation. Refining instruction through data driven decision making: Refining instruction through data driven decision making: Weekly collaboration, Common Benchmark Assessments. Weekly collaboration, Common Benchmark Assessments. Working with our parents and community to create innovative opportunities and support students: Working with our parents and community to create innovative opportunities and support students: Project Cornerstone, Chamber of Commerce Mentors, Active Parent Groups. Project Cornerstone, Chamber of Commerce Mentors, Active Parent Groups.

So Let’s Share Some Ideas! On one side of your handout, list something that you really like about Britton and really want to make sure it continues. On one side of your handout, list something that you really like about Britton and really want to make sure it continues. On the other side of your handout, list something that you wish your school would do or do differently. On the other side of your handout, list something that you wish your school would do or do differently. (See Handout #5)

Meet and Greet…and Share! Now let’s stand up and meet someone new and tell them your ideas. Now let’s stand up and meet someone new and tell them your ideas. They will next tell you their ideas. They will next tell you their ideas. Now exchange cards and find another partner…someone you don’t always talk too! Now exchange cards and find another partner…someone you don’t always talk too! Now you will share the exchanged ideas. Now you will share the exchanged ideas. Exchange again and repeat this 5 times!!! Exchange again and repeat this 5 times!!!

Congratulations! Not only do you have a better idea of how Britton is doing, but…. You have met 5 new people and have learned 5 new ideas! You have met 5 new people and have learned 5 new ideas! Which idea did you like the most? Which idea did you like the most? Let’s share with the group! Let’s share with the group!

Thank you !!! Go Bobcats !!! Please Join us for Dessert!

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