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800 Club now includes six Manteca school sites

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POSTED September 16, 2009 2:42 a.m.
Stella Brockman, McParland and Nile Garden became the latest schools in Manteca Unified to exceed “800” in the state Department of Education’s Academic Performance Index.

That’s the statewide performance target for all public schools in the coming years, with scores ranging from 200 to 1,000 in the subject groups of language arts and math.

“Overall, we’re extremely pleased with our API scores,” Superintendent Jason Messer said.

The API scores were released Tuesday, with the district now having six schools at or above 800.

New Haven (831) led the district and, along with Brock Elliott (825) and Veritas (816), stayed among the elite group.

They’re joined by McParland (823), Nile Garden (815) and Stella Brockman (808). The latter experienced a 30-point improvement from the previous year.

“We now have six schools above 800,” said Messer.

Other notables for Manteca Unified include:

•Twenty of 20 elementary schools were at or above 749.

•Two of the four high schools were at or above 700 and two are at 699.

•Lincoln experienced the most growth at 47 API points.

•Sierra High moved up 36 API points.

•Sixteen of the 20 elementary schools experienced more than a 20-point growth.

•The district overall grew 21 points, going from 731 to 752.

•Twenty-four schools met or exceeded their API growth targets.

•Twenty-one schools also met their school-wide Adequate Yearly Progress.

•Twenty-one schools met both school-wide AYP and all sub-group growth targets.

Messer indicated that that the reason for lower API scores at the high schools included a different focus from that of the elementary school sites.

“The emphasis (at our five high schools) is the exit exam,” he said.

Meanwhile, several of the local schools are honing in on the target of 800, including Walter Woodward (795), Neil Hafley (785), Joshua Cowell (785), French Camp (782), Mossdale (782), and Golden West (780).

Golden West took a slight dip, dropping one point from last year’s tally. Messer, however, isn’t too concerned. “Golden West had been making great strides (prior to this year),” he said.

Messer added: “We are very pleased with the consistent growth our district has experienced over the last 11 years on the API. The strong growth made this past year is attributable directly to the focused and dedicated staff and students who make up Manteca Unified.”
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