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Newest API scores show Pleasanton slipping when ranked with similar schools.

Original post made by Scores are sinking! on May 5, 2011

The newest published API scores show Pleasanton Unified really slipping when ranked with similar schools. This ranking is the true test of how well a district is doing when compared to schools that are demographically similar. We have lots of 2/10 and 3/10 schools now. Amador has sunken to a 6/10.
I am not going to propose a theory as to the cause of this problem but simply state that it is a problem and should be fixed if we hope to maintain our high property values.
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Posted by You are clueless, a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 6, 2011 at 12:58 pm

You obviously have no clue what API is. My quick checking, showed Amador with an API of 10 and Pleasanton Middle School (which is in PI status), with a 10 as well. We have no 2/10 or 3/10 that you mentioned.

And to say that you are not going to propose a theory, yet attach a link to a newspaper whose first sentence in the article, blames the union.

I would say your ignorance is cute, but some of the wonderful citizens of Pleasanton will read your article as gospel without checking the facts.

If you care to get correct information, go to Web Link to check out API scores.

Posted by parent, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2011 at 1:08 pm

All of our schools are a 9 or 10, they've done very well in the latest survey. Our kids are very well educated here. We're lucky.

Posted by similar school is a different category, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm

It is a separate API score.
It ranks schools among other schools in the same decile (top 10%) with similar demographics. It's to see how districts rank when compared to similar districts (apples to apples) I haven't seen recent results but I know they used to be in the 6/10 range...

Posted by clarification, a resident of Foothill High School
on May 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Just to clarify--a school receives two scores. One score is a measurement of how a school stacks up against all other schools in the state, and one score is a measurement of how a school stacks up against schools with similar demographics. Have any Pleasanton schools received 10/10?

It would be interesting to look at schools that carry scores in both categories and see if they have a parcel tax.

Posted by further clarification, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm

I do not think looking at which schools that have parcel taxes is going to show us anything. I think it is more important to see the total funding (state, federal, local) per student comparisons if you want to compare finances.

Posted by Not too clueless, a resident of Danbury Park
on May 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm

The similar schools index is actually disturbing. Without calling anyone clueless I will note that Ruby hill resident is missing the point of the original poster. If you pull up the data that Ruby Hill resident posted you will see that (as just one example) Lydiksen is ranked a 9 for overall API but only a 2 when ranked with similar schools. This means when ranked with schools that have similar demographics we are closer to the bottom than the top. That causes concern for me as a parent of young children and since I do care about their education I would consider moving if this downward trend continues. Take a minute to peruse some of the data going back a few years and you will see those similar schools API scores slipping. It seems the district needs to address this.

Posted by Scott, a resident of Old Towne
on May 6, 2011 at 8:54 pm

If you go to the CA Dept of Education website and look at the "Base API Report -- List of 100 Similar Schools" you can find the data that "Scores" is probably referring to. I checked 2006, 2008 and 2010. Here is the trend for Amador: 7, 7, 6; for Foothill: 5, 8, 7; for Hart 6, 7, 4 and so on.

Not sure how much of a trend there is, but we aren't at the top of "Similar Schools".

Palo Alto High is an "8"; Monte Vista is an "8"

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 6, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

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"A caveat: Although the API is meant as a measure of academic growth, it is not intended to track the school's growth over several years. The meaningful comparison is within each annual API cycle, between the Base API and the Growth API, because the computation of the API is kept as similar as possible within each cycle.

... the CDE warns against tracking the scores year to year. A better comparison is to look at whether a school or district consistently meets its growth targets or to consider the amount of growth year to year. Even within a cycle, the students represented in each year are different. For example, in a K–6 school, you have a group of 2nd–6th graders present in year one, but in year two the 2nd graders are new and the 6th graders from year one are gone."

Posted by Atticus, a resident of Amador Estates
on May 6, 2011 at 9:03 pm

Well, at least we can take comfort in knowing that we've strangled funds for our schools. That should help enormously.

Posted by Atticus, a resident of Amador Estates
on May 6, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Thanks for that, Stacey. I appreciate that you've taken time out of dancing on the graves of our children's education to pontificate a little.

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 6, 2011 at 10:17 pm

Stacey is a registered user.

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk. Oh boy, did you really get me with that one! Now everyone has a much better understanding of the different API scores thanks to you.

Posted by Atticus, a resident of Amador Estates
on May 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm

There's nothing funny about the damage you've done.

Posted by Nyuk Nyuk Nyukkker, a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on May 6, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Stacy shuold recieve the Lady of the Year award for her service. I don't thing any body ever knows what she is talking about, but it sews the seeds of duobt. Where there's smoke there's fires.

Posted by localyocal, a resident of Dublin
on Aug 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm

I've lived in Dublin for 15 years and have had to deal with Pleasanton residents looking down their nose at our city and schools for years. I have to remind them that this is not the 1990s, Dublin has changed. Our schools are every bit as good as surrounding schools and we pass our parcel measures. Complacency...not a good thing. Pleasanton needs to wake up.

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