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UPDATE: Hart district API scores increase

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Posted: October 11, 2012 11:30 a.m.
Updated: October 11, 2012 6:44 p.m.

William S. Hart Union High School District schools showed an eight-point districtwide increase in students’ 2012 standardized test scores, continuing their ongoing overall improvement, according to figures released Thursday.

The district’s overall score was 838 based on students’ performances on state standardized tests; the possible range of scores is 200 to 1,000.

The state target for schools is 800, which was surpassed by nearly all of the district’s comprehensive junior high and high schools.

“It puts us on a list of top performers for high school districts in the state of California,” said Dave LeBarron, assistant superintendent of curriculum for the Hart district.

The highest score in the 23,000-student junior high and high school district was posted by the district-run charter Academy of the Canyons, which scored a 937. The second highest score was also posted by a charter school, Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Science, which raised its score two points to 910.

Santa Clarita Valley International, the district’s largest charter school, scored 764, which is a 25-point decline.

The district also had a pair of junior high schools right around the 900 mark. Rancho Pico Junior High scored 901, and Rio Norte scored 899.

The scores for the six comprehensive high schools are as follows: West Ranch led the way with 856, a four-point improvement; Valencia followed at 850, a one-point improvement; Hart High scored 830, also up one point; Saugus came in fourth with a one-point bump to 820; Canyon scored 802, a one-point decline; and Golden Valley scored 770, up one point.

“There are areas that we know we can improve in, and we know those areas, and we’re focusing on them,” said Hart district board President Gloria Mercado-Fortine.

“Through our partnership with College of the Canyons, we’re growing our Upward Bound program,” she said, discussing a few of the programs aimed at helping disadvantaged students improve in high school.

Bowman High School, a continuation school in the district, saw a 106-point decline, but the school’s score is under dispute by district officials, LeBarron said.

There are 85 students who passed the state’s high school exit exams, but due to when they were enrolled, the state did not count the scores. The district is asking the state to re-evaluate the scores as a result, he said.
The results released Thursday were based on standardized tests given last June.

Statewide, some 53 percent of schools scored at or above the state’s target of 800, an increase of 4 percentage points over last year.

Ten years ago, only 20 percent of schools statewide met or surpassed the API target.

“I think there’s a lot of work that’s been going on, and I think a reflection of that can be seen in our scores,” Mercado-Fortine said. “And we’ve just got to continue the good work.”





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