Test scores up for most Santa Paula schools
By Brian D. Wilson
Santa Paula News
Published: October 24, 2012
Recently results numbers from the State Department of Education show higher test scores for most Santa Paula schools.
The Santa Paula Elementary School District (SPESD) showed increases in the Academic Performance Index (API) test scores at all but two schools. Barbara Webster School has been removed from Program Improvement status, the only school in the County to achieve that goal.
The district as a whole went from an API score of 782 in 2011 to 793 this year. Bedell School increased from 842 to 853 for 2012, and Blanchard went from 757 last year to 779 this year. Glen City and Grace Thille were the only schools to show a drop from last year. Glen City went from 783 to 775. McKevett School went from 827 to 831, Grace Thille from 879 to 857, Barbara Webster 790 to 818, and Isbell Middle School from 746 to 766.
Four SPESD schools made it to the API standard of 800 and three others are very close. Schools are supposed to be at the 800 level by 2014.
As a district our API is going up and were improving, said SPESD Superintendent Dr. Paul Chounet. He noted that five of their seven schools had increased API results. Four of the seven remain in Program Improvement (PI) status.
Countywide, 88 percent of schools are under PI status and seven percent are not under PI. The SPESD has 25 percent of the schools not in PI. Dr. Chounet added, We have one of the poorest school districts in the county and yet four of our seven schools are scoring above 800.
Santa Paula High Schools API results dropped from 2011, going from 745 to 739 points. Briggs Elementary increased from 758 to 766 and Olivelands School dropped slightly from 792 to 788. Santa Clara School (The Little Red Schoolhouse) increased from 896 to 966.