Schools showing progress in improving test scores
The majority of local schools posted strong improvement in their Academic Performance Index scores, a strong indication that local educators are on the right track.
While we are not completely sold that the state rating system is the most accurate barometer of student performance in the classroom, it is a good indication when looking at schools as a whole.
In the Porterville area, Burton Charter Pathways showed the greatest growth in its index, gaining 68 points in the past year to 627.
However, several schools in the Orange Belt posted scores above the state target of 800.
Those included Harmony Magnet Academy, Santa Fe and Westfield elementary schools in the Porterville Unified District, William R. Buckley Elementary in the Burton District, Springville Union, Saucelito and Rockford elementary schools.
Looking at districts as a whole, Porterville Unified posted a 758 score, Burton a 765 score, Lindsay 678 and Strathmore 769. Kudos need to go to Rockford that scored 814, although Santa Fe has the distinction of having the highest index at 831.
The scores take into account several areas of study, including English, math and science.
That just a few schools saw scores drop is a good indication that local districts and teachers are on the right track. While we are disappointed that more schools did not reach or surpass the state target of 800, improvement is what is most important and most schools did improve.
School officials were obviously pleased and parents should be pleased as well, but there is still more work to be done. Schools that scored below 700 have their work cut out for them.
Schools that scored above 750 need to push to reach the state target.
Education clearly enhances the future for not only our children, but our community and nation. Local schools are on the right track in making that future brighter.