Both Santee high schools scored above the state target in API testing in the 2013 school year, and above the district average. Santana gained four points, while West Hills dropped five points.
The California Department of Education (CDE) recently released the 2013 Growth API for schools and districts in California. For high schools, the API measures how well students are performing on both the California Standards Tests (CSTs) as well as the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).
The Grossmont District’s API increased by 14 points to 769, marking the tenth consecutive year of growth.
Santana continued to show improved scores, and its 2013 Growth API of 814 exceeds the State target. The school showed large gains in its Hispanic/Latino subgroup with a growth of 29 points. CST scores increased in all subject areas with the largest gains in Geometry (+16.0), Algebra I (+8.3), and Integrated Science (+18.3). Santana continues to score well above the State's established target of 800.
West Hills continued to exceed the State API target with a 2013 Growth API of 807 and demonstrated significant growth among its Special Education (+31) and Hispanic/Latino (+14) subgroups. Schoolwide increases in the percentage of students scoring Advanced or Proficient were most pronounced in Physics (+11.5), High School Math (+6.4), and 10th Grade English Language Arts (+4.7). West Hills continues to score above the State's established target of 800.
• At the subgroup level, the District realized dramatic growth among students with disabilities (+28 points), socioeconomically disadvantaged (+38 points), and Hispanic/Latino students (+30 points).
• Performance in the core academic areas continued to improve with an overall increase in the percentage of students scoring at the Advanced or Proficient levels of 1.5 points. The strongest growth at the District level was in Social Science (+2.7 percentage points) and English Language Arts (ELA) (+2.0 percentage points).
• The largest specific areas of improved performance include: Grade 10 ELA (+4.0 percentage points), Geometry (+3.5 percentage points), and US History (+3.7 percentage points).
-Compiled from a GUHSD press release