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API numbers encouraging

Original post made on Sep 12, 2008

California released the latest Academic Performance Index scores last week, showing that a majority of schools in both of Mountain View's districts improved their scores.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 10, 2008, 5:20 PM


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Posted by eric
a resident of another community
on Sep 12, 2008 at 11:29 am

This article is very disappointing. The district is truly doing some great things, but needs improvement in other areas. There is a good conversation to be had on this topic. Why, then, even mention:

- a 2 point drop (.27%) for African American students--not only is this a fairly small population in the district (not to say they "dont matter" as a group, but stats for small groups simply dont tell you much of value, and this stat says nothing of the districts overall performance), but that "decline" in scores is statistically meaningless. Why is this ink-worthy?

- a 1 point drop at Bubb is merely listed as a school that "lost ground". Bubb has shown excellent API growth over the last several years, making a .12% dip perhaps inevitable and certainly unimportant. Castro has also seen noteworthy progress- again, a drop there doesnt mean 'mixed results' after some years of solid improvemtnt. I cant speak for Monte Loma, but their drop in score is also nominal.

Please focus on the good -and bad- work that these scores represent and avoid getting bogged down in numbers for numbers sake.

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Posted by Huff and Puff
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 13, 2008 at 2:20 am


Huff: up 30 points to 936!

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Posted by GEORGE
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Sep 16, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Only at huff would they woohoo! Thats why no one like you..