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Student Achievement

Student achievement results are presented annually to the Board of Education in the fall of each year.  These reports focus on the Strategic Plan goals as well as other measures.

Fall 2013 Assessment Reports

At the September 24, 2013 Board meeting, staff reported results from the 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index (API) and progress on Strategic Plan Goals 1, 2 and 3.

 

API Key Findings

 

Scores are flat for the District overall.

  • Scores for socio-economically disadvantaged students, Students with Disabilities and African-American students improved
  • PAUSD is making progress in closing the achievement gap and the opportunity gap.
  • While the under-represented subgroups in PAUSD outperform their peers across the state, other top scoring K-12 districts had higher scores for these subgroups.


Key Findings from Strategic Plan Goals

 

  • The District is making progress in reducing the achievement gap in English Language Arts (ELA). PAUSD’s greatest gains are in Elementary Math proficiency overall.
  • Students made the greatest growth in Elementary Math (Year’s Progress).
  • The number of students “not yet proficient” in English Language Art and Math has declined dramatically, nearly meeting the goal of reducing this number by 50% since 2008.

Board Presentation PDF Document

     

At the November 5, 2013 Board meeting, staff reported results from high school measures, including AP exams, SAT and the class of 2012 alumni survey.

 

Advanced Placement (AP) Key Findings

 

  • The number of AP exams taken has gone up by 25% in the last six years, with a consistent 95% of students scoring 3 or higher.

 

SAT Key Findings

 

  • SAT test takers increased from 715 students (2009) to 744 students (2013) in the last five years (4% increase), with the following changes:
    –The mean score in critical reading went up from 626 to 637.
    –The mean score in math went up from 664 to 673.
    –The mean score in writing went up from 631 to 644

 

Alumni Survey Key Findings

 

  • Students felt well prepared in math and English/Writing, but also wanted more preparation in writing (this comes up in comments specifically writing papers other than 5-paragraph essays).
  • Science lab reports emerges from survey as an area of focus.
  • Overall, our students felt well prepared to use technology.
  • Balancing school work and social life is a challenge for students across the consortium.

 

Supporting Documents:

 

Board Presentation PDF DocumentFive-Year School Summary PDF Document 2013 AP District Summary by School PDF Document

District Summary by Student Demographics PDF Document Palo Alto High SchoolPDF Document Gunn High School PDF Document

Class of 2012 Alumni Survey ResultsPDF Document

Fall 2012 Assessment Reports

College Readiness Report

The achievement of high school students was presented at the Nov. 13, 2012 Board Meeting. The findings shared at this meeting are as follows:

  • We are closer to reaching both of our Strategic Plan College Readiness Goals. 
  • College enrollment is much higher than national trend for students in all subgroups
  • Alumni report being prepared academically for college.

Supporting Documents:

Class of 2011 Alumni Survey Summary Results PDF Document | Class of 2011 Alumni Survey Data Results PDF Document | Class of 2011 Alumni Survey – Administered to all districts in the 21st Century Consortium PDF Document

Growth API Report - Advanced Placement - SAT Report

The achievement of high school students was presented at the October 23, 2012 Board Meeting. The findings shared at this meeting are as follows:

API Key Findings

  • In 2012, PAUSD saw an increase in API from 926 (2011 Base API) to 934 (2012 Growth API), and is the highest API in the last six years.
  • In 2012, PAUSD saw an increase in API across all numerically significant subgroups (n>100), with the greatest API gains across students who are Socio-economically Disadvantaged, Hispanic and English Learners.
  • Over 80% (14 out of 17) of all PAUSD schools demonstrated an increase between their 2011 Base API and their 2012 Growth API. Note: Of the three that decreased, all are above an API Growth of 948.
  • PAUSD continues to be one of the top ten K-12 school districts in the state (and the highest API with an enrollment of over 10,000 students).
  • PAUSD schools are among the fifty top-performing schools in the state for elementary, middle and high school.

SAT Key Findings

  • SAT test takers increased from 735 students to 799 students in the last five years. (8% increase), with the following changes:
  • The mean score in critical reading went up from 625 to 635.
  • The mean score in math went up from 661 to 668.
  • The mean score in writing went up from 630 to 642.
  • The SAT participation and performance went up across all subgroups.

AP Exams Key Findings

  • The number of AP exams taken has gone up by 23% in the last five years, with a consistent 94% of students scoring 3 or higher.
  • Nearly three-quarters of PAUSD’s seniors have taken and passed at least one AP exam before they graduate.

Supporting Documents:
Henry M. Gunn High School Integrated Summary 2011-2012 PDF Document | Palo Alto High School Integrated Summary PDF Document | District Integrated Summary PDF Document

Assessment Report: Progress Report on Strategic Plan Goals 1, 2, & 3

The September 04, 2012 Board report shares the following findings:

  • More students are moving into Advanced proficiency levels
  • Making progress towards achieving Strategic Plan Goals across all subgroups
  • Making progress in closing the achievement gap and the opportunity gap
  • Greatly reduced the number of students not proficient

Fall 2011 Assessment Reports

High School Measures Report

The achievement of high school students was presented at the Nov. 8, 2011 Board Meeting. The findings shared at this meeting are as follows:

  • PAUSD high school students outperform their peers across the state and nation.
  • More students are successfully taking AP exams and SATs.
  • Students feel well-prepared for college.

Supporting Documents:
Finding Data on Dataquest PDF Document | Post-secondary Outcomes PDF Document | Predictors of College Success PDF Document

Assessment Report: Strategic Plan Goals 4 & 5 Meeting A-G Requirements

The achievement of high school students was presented at the October 25, 2011 Board Meeting. The findings shared at this meeting are as follows:

  • Most students are well prepared to apply to UC/CSU, but not all students have this option.
  • Many students who struggle to meet A-G are below proficient in elementary school.
  • Impact of district-wide changes needs time to affect results.

Supporting Documents:
Missing Data on Dataquest PDF Document | Finding Data on Dataquest PDF Document

Assessment Report: Progress Report on Strategic Plan Goals 1, 2, & 3 2011 Growth API Report

The September 13, 2011 Board report shares the following findings:

  • Review of the Strategic Plan Goals 1, 2 & 3 and our progress in meeting these Goals
  • Accountability data with regard to our API status for all schools
Revised November 2013