came out last summer, high school graduation rates and the Annual
Measurable Objective, which is a part of the federal No Child Left
The district received an API score of 737, above the statewide
score of 686 on a scale of 200 to 1,000.
Three schools -- Whittier, Wilson and Pomona elementary schools --
are still Program Improvement schools under No Child Left Behind
because they did not meet targets two years in a row. That means they
must send out letters to parents informing them of their status,
offer them the option to place their children in other schools, and
provide additional staff development.
To pass the Adequate Yearly Progress report, a school must pass,
or get a "yes" in every category. Categories include student
participation in standardized tests and whether the minimum number of
students at the school tested at proficient levels in math and
English language arts.
Students in each significant subgroup, such as Latino or
socio-economically disadvantaged students, must also each meet the
Adams, Kaiser, Killybrooke, Paularino, Whittier and Wilson
elementary schools did not meet the English proficiency levels.
Kaiser Elementary and TeWinkle Middle School did not meet math
Paularino Elementary and Estancia High School did not meet minimum
Appeals to the state pulled Victoria Elementary off the list of
schools that did not pass, said Peggy Anatol, director of curriculum
and assessment for the district. Because of a computer glitch,
participation rates had been misreported. The latest report reflects
that their appeal was approved.
Costa Mesa and Newport Harbor high schools also had appeals
Schools that did not pass will be placed on a watch list under No
Child Left Behind for next year if they receive Title I funds. If
they get a "no" in the same category two years running, they will be
listed as Program Improvement schools.