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By Joseph Serna | September 8, 2007
About 100 Sonora Elementary School third- and fourth-graders paraded by their classmates Friday morning, slapping hands and receiving praise while Queen’s “We are the Champions” blared in the background. You’d think they just won some kind of local championship. Well, in fact, they did better than the rest of Orange County, but it wasn’t in sports. According to state Academic Performance Index scores released last week, Sonora Elementary’s 110-point leap in performance index scores topped the growth of any other elementary school in Orange County.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 28, 2013
Three Newport-Mesa schools rank among the best in the state. Lincoln Elementary School in Newport Beach, Davis Magnet School near the Orange County Fairgrounds and Early College High School in Mesa Verde received the highest-possible scores in a statewide ranking. Each year, the California Department of Education gives schools two rankings based on their Academic Performance Index, or API, scores derived from the previous year's standardized tests. The two scores range from 1 to 10, placing them anywhere from the top 10% of schools in the state to the bottom 10%. The first score compares schools statewide.
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September 26, 2007
Newport-Mesa Unified school board members are scheduled tonight to recognize the five local schools that showed the biggest growth in the state’s Academic Performance Index. The schools are Back Bay High School (127 points), Sonora Elementary School (110 points, and highest gain for an elementary school in Orange County), Orange Coast Middle College High School (59 points), TeWinkle Middle School (43 points) and Killybrooke Elementary School (41 points). The Academic Performance Index numbers have considerable weight in the federal government’s scores in the No Child Left Behind act. The school board will also be asked to approve an Early Reading First grant.
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March 16, 2005
Michael Miller Low-performing schools in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District showed improvement on statewide tests for the second year in a row, even while the district's average dipped slightly from last year. In the 2004 Academic Performance Index scores, released Tuesday, two of the district's three lowest-ranked schools, Rea Elementary and Wilson Elementary, achieved higher base scores than they did in 2003. In addition, nine other elementary and high schools lifted their marks from a year ago. The district's overall Academic Performance Index score was 729, down four points from last year and 71 below the state target score.
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March 24, 2005
Michael Miller Newport Harbor High School has received a nomination this year for California Distinguished School recognition, marking the third time the school has received such an honor. On Wednesday, a team comprised of six Orange County district and school officials toured the 2,425-student campus to visit classrooms and interview faculty members. The purpose of the visit was to validate the accuracy of the information that Newport Harbor administrators submitted in their application to the California School Recognition Program.
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October 11, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Of 15 Newport-Mesa schools presenting student performance data last week, all but one met standards set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act. To meet the standard, 13.6% of the school's students must test at the proficient or above level in English. Whittier Elementary in Costa Mesa did not meet that federal goal, according to the reports presented by principals to the district's board of trustees on Tuesday. Whittier and 10 other schools also fell below the state's Academic Performance Index goal.
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By Michael Miller | April 7, 2007
Victoria Elementary School was one of two Newport-Mesa Unified schools to win a Title I Academic Achievement Award this week — and the prize, which goes to schools with many low-income students, was the latest addition to Victoria's increasingly crowded trophy case. "It's been a great year for everybody," Principal Judy Laakso said. Last spring, the school became the first in Newport-Mesa history to win a California Distinguished School Award and a Title I award at the same time.
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October 23, 2003
Marisa O'Neil Academic Performance Index growth scores for most California school districts will come out Friday, but Newport-Mesa will have to wait another six weeks for results. The 2002-03 API growth scores will come out at the beginning of December, said Peggy Anatol, director of curriculum and assessment for the Newport-Mesa Unified School District. The district asked the state to update Newport-Mesa's demographic data first. "Especially with [the federal]
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By Joseph Serna | October 8, 2007
Three local schools have reached a level of national accomplishment. Mariners Christian School and Victoria and Mariners elementary schools have all been awarded No Child Left Behind national Blue Ribbons for dramatic improvements and a high level of achievement on a state or national scale. But what are they doing that is different from every other school? “What happens at this school is that every person here makes an investment in this school,” said Mariners Elementary Principal Pam Coughlin.
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By Hannah Fry | August 30, 2013
Newport-Mesa Unified schools dropped an average of four points in the Academic Performance Index, the first decrease since 2003-04, according to state data released Thursday. The district's average score dropped to 838 on the 1,000-point scale this year. The state expects all schools to meet a score of 800, and those that fall short are required to meet annual growth targets outlined by the California Department of Education. API scores are based on Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | May 28, 2013
Three Newport-Mesa schools rank among the best in the state. Lincoln Elementary School in Newport Beach, Davis Magnet School near the Orange County Fairgrounds and Early College High School in Mesa Verde received the highest-possible scores in a statewide ranking. Each year, the California Department of Education gives schools two rankings based on their Academic Performance Index, or API, scores derived from the previous year's standardized tests. The two scores range from 1 to 10, placing them anywhere from the top 10% of schools in the state to the bottom 10%. The first score compares schools statewide.
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By Britney Barnes | October 18, 2012
Davis Magnet School's first principal is retiring after three years Wednesday. Kevin Rafferty oversaw the creation of the district's first magnet school, which focused on math and science; created traditions that bring the school community together; and helped the school's Academic Performance Index (API) scores rise more than 200 points. "Leaving Davis Magnet School, being here since its opening in September 2009, and helping [Davis] grow and mature into our phenomenal, professional learning community, is a lot like giving up one of my own children," Rafferty said in an Oct. 12 farewell email.
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December 20, 2011
As a former teacher in a very low-income Santa Ana school with very poorly educated parents, I agree with Tom Egan's commentary ("Like it or not, parental education influences API scores," Nov. 30) that parent education is a factor in poor Academic Performance Index levels (API). However, not at the 81% level he quoted. Look at the data of four schools in Costa Mesa: Wilson, Pomona, Rea and Whittier elementary schools. Each has a parent-education factor of about a 1.6, which means that the parents have less than a high school education.
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November 29, 2011
There is a simple solution to poor test scores after all. What America has been seeking for decades is a simple solution — and now we have it. It's not nearly as complicated as Humberto Caspa makes it out to be ("Community Commentary: Student success rests on many factors," Nov. 2019). Caspa asserts, "Because the problem is complex, and there is no single medicine to cure the illness, our focus should transcend simple answers. We must seek a multifaceted solution that involves parents, teachers, school administrators and nonprofits.
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By Britney Barnes | September 12, 2011
COSTA MESA — The school board on Tuesday plans to recognize the schools with the most-improved test scores. Back Bay High, Early College High, Sonora Elementary, Ensign Intermediate and Costa Mesa Middle/High schools will be honored for achieving the largest increase on the 2011 Academic Performance Index (API) statewide tests. API scores, which range from 200 to 1,000, measure academic performance levels and growth for individual schools and for districts. Scores are based on the results of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR)
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By Britney Barnes, britney.barnes@latimes.com | August 31, 2011
Academic test scores in Newport-Mesa Unified increased nine points to 830 of the 1,000-point scale in 2011, but nearly half of the district's elementary schools had declines, state data released Wednesday show. Assistant Supt. of Secondary Education Charles Hinman said it's important to look at Academic Performance Index (API) scores from a long-term perspective and not be concerned about a one-year change. "If you look at our API score districtwide, longitudinally, we have eight straight years of growth," he said.
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By Tom Ragan | May 19, 2010
Two Newport-Mesa Unified schools scored a pair of "10" rankings each based on the state's Academic Performance Index, and they were the only schools in the district to do so. Mariners Elementary School in Newport Beach and Early College High School in Costa Mesa were notified last week of their outstanding state rankings and measurements on the index, or API. It is a yardstick used to measure how well students in California are learning subject matter...
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By Michael Alexander | January 20, 2009
Schools on Costa Mesa’s Westside are working aggressively to boost their scores — and their profile — and are seeing results, officials said at a Newport-Mesa School Board study session Tuesday. Principals from the district’s high schools, middle schools and elementary schools are meeting this week with the school board to report their progress, explain their goals for the year to come and talk about how they plan to improve test scores. Schools from the areas around Estancia High School and Newport Harbor High School gave reports Tuesday, while Costa Mesa High School and Corona Del Mar High School are scheduled for today.
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