RP high schools score big on STAR tests
Technology, Credo first, third among county high schools
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By Dave Williams  November 2, 2012 12:00 am

Two of the three Sonoma County High Schools to perform best on the 2011-12 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) test hail from Rohnert Park.

Technology High and Credo High were first and third, respectively, among Sonoma County High Schools, while Maria Carrillo of Santa Rosa was second.

The 2012 Accountability Progress Report shows Sonoma County schools continued to make solid academic gains in 2011-12, moving up an additional eight points on the Academic Performance Index (API) scale. The county’s API Growth score now stands at 794, six points above the state score of 788.

Technology and Credo’s API Growth scores were 916 and 822, respectively. The API is a numeric index that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000. The index is designed to reflect growth in student achievement as measured by California’s annual statewide testing programs. All schools are working to attain an API score of at least 800 and to meet annual growth targets established by the state.

“Considering all the changes and mass turnover in leadership in district, it’s a true testament to commitment of the teaching staff her at Technology High,” Technology principal Bruce Mims said.

Technology’s score did not change from last year, but improvement is difficult because the school set such a high bar last year. But Mims said the school and teaching staff is doing all it can to improve. That includes bringing Algebra I back to the campus.
“We also have Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) enhancements to help students who struggle, and to make sure every student who wants to be successful is able to do so. The moves were done to make sure students have equitable access to school if they need it.”

This was Credo’s first time taking the test, so it’s growth rate will not be known until next year’s tests.

“The caliber of teachers is high and expectations are really high,” Credo principal Chip Romer said. “I had hoped we’d do well, but it’s hard to know. We didn’t have a track record with this particular school. But our academic program is really strong. This was not by luck. It was the result of hard work by teachers and students.”

Fifty-nine percent of Sonoma County schools reached or exceeded the state’s target performance score of 800, up from 54 percent last year. More than three-quarters of the 121 elementary, middle, and high schools receiving API scores met their school-wide API growth target this year.

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