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2006 Honor Roll

(06/02/2007)

 

A list of 100 California schools (the "Star Schools", up from 74 schools last year) with high penetrations of low income students who are making tremendous strides in closing the academic achievement gap was published this past month. The cumulative, year-after-year academic performance of the 100 Star Schools in this list are as different from PUSD schools as night from day, as different as talkers from doers, and quite different from the many achievement awards in education whose indices include metrics that simply serve to perpetuate the academic achievement gap.**

In stark contrast from education's feel-good awards, the 2006 Honor Roll recipients follow in the table below. But first a summary of these schools, highlighting one of the many interesting details we can learn from their performance:

  • 35% of the 2006 Star Schools spend significantly less per student than the CA avg
  • 27% of the 2006 Star Schools spend about the same per student as the CA avg
  • 38% of the 2006 Star Schools spend significantly more per student than the CA avg
  • 68% of the 2006 Star Schools spend the same or less per student than PUSD

As in previous years, the relationship between spending and consistently high academic success*** is once again weak at best. And with so many of this year's 100 Star Schools below returning from last year's list of 74 and also to be found in studies of education's best practices, the repeatability of what these schools do to bring their low income populations to consistent, all-subjects academic success remains as clear as ever. Has there ever been a better time for having a sense of urgency for bringing these best practices home to Altadena?

CBEE/JFTK-CA 2006 Star Schools (http://jftk-ca.org/honorroll06/). The schools on this list have a high poverty, high minority student population. While these schools face significant challenges, they are making tremendous progress bringing students to grade level proficiency and closing achievement gaps. In fact, their progress puts them on a path to reach 100% grade level proficiency for all their students in just a few years. (Revenue data: http://www.ed-data.k12.ca.us/)
School District $/ADA County
American Indian Public Charter Oakland Unified $10,313 Alameda
Lincoln Elementary Oakland Unified $10,313 Alameda
Oakland Charter Academy Oakland Unified $10,313 Alameda
Pioneer Elementary Amador County Unified $6,773 Amador
Bird Street Elementary Oroville City Elementary $8,147 Butte
Los Medanos Elementary Pittsburg Unified $7,554 Contra Costa
Firebaugh High Firebaugh-Las Deltas Joint Unified $7,761 Fresno
Manchester Gate Fresno Unified $8,505 Fresno
Jefferson Elementary Sanger Unified $7,754 Fresno
Auberry Elementary Sierra Unified $10,606 Fresno
Grant Elementary Eureka City Unified $8,357 Humboldt
Washington Elementary Eureka City Unified $8,357 Humboldt
Dow's Prairie Elementary McKinleyville Union Elementary $7,420 Humboldt
Luther Burbank Elementary ABC Unified $7,491 Los Angeles
Brightwood Elementary Alhambra Unified $8,159 Los Angeles
Santa Fe Elementary Baldwin Park Unified $7,279 Los Angeles
Albert Baxter Elementary Bellflower Unified $7,363 Los Angeles
Lawndale High Centinela Valley Union High $8,661 Los Angeles
Danbury Special Education Claremont Unified $7,660 Los Angeles
Sumner Elementary Claremont Unified $7,660 Los Angeles
Bursch Elementary Compton Unified $8,874 Los Angeles
Ralph Bunche Elementary Compton Unified $8,874 Los Angeles
Alice M. Birney Elementary El Rancho Unified $7,356 Los Angeles
Baldwin Academy Hacienda la Puente Unified $7,700 Los Angeles
Kwis Elementary Hacienda la Puente Unified $7,700 Los Angeles
Ramona Elementary Hawthorne $7,954 Los Angeles
Billy Mitchell Elementary Lawndale Elementary $8,269 Los Angeles
Alvarado (Juan Bautista) Elementary Long Beach Unified $8,137 Los Angeles
California Academy of Mathematics and Science Long Beach Unified $8,137 Los Angeles
Allesandro Elementary Los Angeles Unified $9,465 Los Angeles
Baldwin Hills Elementary Los Angeles Unified $9,465 Los Angeles
El Oro Way Elementary Los Angeles Unified $9,465 Los Angeles
Elysian Heights Elementary Los Angeles Unified $9,465 Los Angeles
Garvanza Elementary Los Angeles Unified $9,465 Los Angeles
Glenfeliz Boulevard Elementary Los Angeles Unified $9,465 Los Angeles
Halldale Elementary Los Angeles Unified $9,465 Los Angeles
Lemay Street Elementary Los Angeles Unified $9,465 Los Angeles
Mountain View Elementary Los Angeles Unified $9,465 Los Angeles
Ramona Elementary Los Angeles Unified $9,465 Los Angeles
Stagg Street Elementary Los Angeles Unified $9,465 Los Angeles
Van Ness Avenue Elementary Los Angeles Unified $9,465 Los Angeles
Watts Learning Center Los Angeles Unified $9,465 Los Angeles
Lincoln Elementary Lynwood Unified $8,067 Los Angeles
Montebello Gardens Elementary Montebello Unified $8,093 Los Angeles
Farjardo Elementary Rowland Unified $7,794 Los Angeles
San Jose-Edison Academy West Covina Unified $7,452 Los Angeles
Orange Grove Elementary Whittier City Elementary $7,856 Los Angeles
John Adams Elementary Madera Unified $7,775 Madera
Cathey's Valley Elementary Mariposa County Unified $9,129 Mariposa
Yamato Colony Elementary Livingston Union Elementary $7,546 Merced
Hopeton Elementary Merced River Union Elementary $8,249 Merced
Creekside Elementary Alisal Union Elementary $8,548 Monterey
Margaret G. Scotten Elementary Grass Valley Elementary $9,034 Nevada
Ethan B. Allen Elementary Garden Grove Unified $7,709 Orange
Gilbert Elementary Garden Grove Unified $7,709 Orange
John Marshall Elementary Garden Grove Unified $7,709 Orange
Mabel Carver Elementary Garden Grove Unified $7,709 Orange
Newhope Elementary Garden Grove Unified $7,709 Orange
Las Lomas Elementary La Habra City Elementary $7,446 Orange
College Park Elementary Newport-Mesa Unified $9,278 Orange
Jim Thorpe Fundamental Santa Ana Unified $8,629 Orange
Jeane Thorman Elementary Tustin Unified $7,134 Orange
Pioneer/Quincy Elementary Plumas Unified $10,277 Plumas
Indian Hills Elementary Jurupa Unified $7,493 Riverside
El Potrero Elementary Val Verde Unified $6,667 Riverside
Victoriano Elementary Val Verde Unified $6,667 Riverside
Arthur S. Dudley Elementary Center Joint Unified $6,890 Sacramento
H. W. Harkness Elementary Sacramento City Unified $8,561 Sacramento
James Marshall Elementary Sacramento City Unified $8,561 Sacramento
Juniper Elementary Hesperia Unified $6,777 San Bernardino
Rios Elementary Cajon Valley Union Elementary $7,999 San Diego
Darnall E-Campus Charter San Diego Unified $9,686 San Diego
Pacific Beach Elementary San Diego Unified $9,686 San Diego
Perry Elementary San Diego Unified $9,686 San Diego
Alvin M. Dunn Elementary San Marcos Unified $7,040 San Diego
Knob Hill Elementary San Marcos Unified $7,040 San Diego
Francis Scott Key Elementary San Francisco Unified $9,460 San Francisco
Ulloa Elementary San Francisco Unified $9,460 San Francisco
Visitacion Valley Elementary San Francisco Unified $9,460 San Francisco
East Palo Alto Charter Ravenswood City Elementary $11,875 San Mateo
Linda Vista Elementary Alum Rock Union Elementary $8,168 Santa Clara
Thomas P. Ryan Elementary Alum Rock Union Elementary $8,168 Santa Clara
Meadow Lane Elementary Cascade Union Elementary $9,010 Shasta
Castle Rock Elementary Castle Rock Union Elementary $10,766 Shasta
Millville Elementary Millville Elementary $7,800 Shasta
Montgomery Creek Elementary Mountain Union Elementary $17,404 Shasta
Etna Elementary Etna Union Elementary $9,461 Siskiyou
Grenada Elementary Grenada Elementary $9,115 Siskiyou
Mt. Shasta Elementary Mt. Shasta Union Elementary $8,473 Siskiyou
Seiad Elementary Seiad Elementary $12,589 Siskiyou
J. X. Wilson Elementary Wright Elementary $7,627 Sonoma
Rose Avenue Elementary Modesto City Elementary $8,189 Stanislaus
Evergreen Elementary Evergreen Union $7,423 Tehama
Weaverville Elementary Weaverville Elementary $7,878 Trinity
Heritage Elementary Tulare City Elementary $7,391 Tulare
Norman R. Brekke Elementary Oxnard Elementary $8,230 Ventura
Lincoln Elementary Ventura Unified $7,518 Ventura
Arboga Elementary Marysville Joint Unified $7,985 Yuba
Cordua Elementary Marysville Joint Unified $7,985 Yuba
Johnson Park Elementary Marysville Joint Unified $7,985 Yuba
[No JFTK-CA 2006 Star Schools] Pasadena Unified $9,104 Los Angeles
  All-California USD Average $8,032  
  All-California Average $8,150  

**e.g. "Title One Achieving Schools"; "Met AYP Goals" declarations that would keep schools serving low-income communities academically far below their high-income community peers for 70 plus years even if they did make their AYP goals every year; the Jay Mathews Index from the Washington Post that recently ranked PUSD's Marshall HS above La Canada HS despite Marshall's maddening inability to get anywhere near the average of its top 10 demographic peers in math, much less a Best in CA HS like La Canada HS. Note Marshall's irrefutably very low math performance in:
http://www.jftk-ca.org/data/data.php?action=multi&cds=19648811931674&subject=MATHEMATICS&year=2006 ).

***Spending calculated on a per-student ($/ADA a.k.a. $/Average Daily Attendance) basis

 

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