Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenneth M. Young issues statement on 2012 Accountability Progress Report
Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenneth M. Young today (October 11, 2012) issued the following statement on the newly released 2012 Accountability Progress Report for schools in California.
“In the real terms of the state’s Academic Performance Index, Riverside County students continued to score gains in 2012. Our students registered a 6-point year-over-year API improvement, third best of any California county with 10,000 or more graduates. Each of our student subgroups lifted their scores by at least four points. Our English learners’ scores rose by 12 points. Over the last decade, Riverside County overall scores are up 130 points. That’s the second largest long-term increase of any comparable California county – and all this is happening in a county that’s producing 33,000 graduates a year.
“Like counties statewide, however, Riverside County continues to experience difficulty meeting the report’s federal component, the Adequate Yearly Progress standard. And another challenge looms out of the Accountability Report, too. The state has produced a new feature called the School Quality Snapshot. It’s a simplified graphic presentation of school performance. The Snapshot perpetuates the notion that students who score “proficient and above” in English, math and science are meeting an important benchmark. Yet there’s mounting evidence that a “proficient” rating doesn’t guarantee a high school graduate is prepared to succeed at college level work. We need standards with real-world meaning.”
The Riverside County Office of Education identified the following districts and schools as among the county’s leading performers:
The top five elementary schools for 2012 API:
- Alamos Elementary, Temecula Valley USD (951);
- George Washington Charter, Desert Sands USD (927);
- Ysabel Barnett Elementary, Temecula Valley USD (927);
- John F. Kennedy Elementary, Riverside USD (926);
- and Crowne Hill Elementary, Temecula Valley USD (926).
The top five elementary schools for 2011-2012 API change:
- Hoffer Elementary, Banning USD (77 points);
- Valley View Elementary, Alvord USD (59 points);
- San Jacinto Valley Academy, San Jacinto USD (57 points);
- Harrison Elementary, Riverside USD (49 points);
- and Sycamore Academy of Science and Cultural, Lake Elsinore USD (47 points).
The top five middle schools for 2012 API:
- Western Center Academy, Hemet USD (955);
- Amelia Earhart Middle, Riverside USD (906);
- San Jacinto Leadership Academy, San Jacinto USD (897);
- Vail Ranch Middle, Temecula Valley USD (891);
- and Dorothy McElhinney Middle, Murrieta Valley USD, (889).
The top five middle schools for 2011-2012 API change:
- North Mountain Middle, San Jacinto USD (51 points);
- Central Middle, Riverside USD (50 points);
- Desert Ridge Academy, Desert Sands USD (50 points);
- Nicolet Middle, Banning USD (49 points);
- and La Quinta Middle, Desert Sands USD (45 points).
The top five comprehensive high schools for 2012 API:
- John F. Kennedy High, Corona-Norco USD (866);
- California Military Institute, Perris Union High School District (856);
- Great Oak High, Temecula Valley USD (849);
- Murrieta Valley High, Murrieta Valley USD (848);
- and Nuview Bridge Early College High, Nuview Union (847).
The top five comprehensive high schools for 2011-2012 API change:
- John F. Kennedy High, Corona-Norco USD (32 points);
- California Military Institute, Perris Union High School District (32 points);
- Norco High, Corona-Norco USD (22 points);
- Rubidoux High, Jurupa USD (22 points);
- and West Shores High, Coachella Valley USD (21 points).
For information contact:
Rick Peoples, Public Information Officer
Telephone: (951) 826-6642
Fax: (951) 826-6199