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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010 7A ml Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Isatchwell@plumasnews. "ore The state's Academic Per- formance Index score,, have just been released, alor~g with the federal Adequate ~early Progress Report. | The scores and staqdards are separate measures,]aimed at school and district account- ability to ensure all students receive a quality learning ex- perience. Federal and state funding is tied to the complex scoring system. California's school account- ability system is based on the API Report, the AYP Report, and the Program Improve- ment Report. The API report is required by the state of California. It shows how much a school is improving from year to year. The API number ranges from 200 to 1,000, and the state has determined that 800 is the de- sired target score for each school. Schools that fall short of this score are required to meet annual growth targets based on a complex formula. Each school with a score un- der 800 has its own target. A school must meet its tar- get for the entire school, but also for certain "numerically significant" sub-groups. The growth in API scores from one year to the next de- termines whether the school meets its target. Numerically significant sub-groups in Plumas County include Hispanic or Latino; English language learners; white; socio-economically dis- advantaged; and students with disabilities. If a school receives federal Title 1 funds (essentially based on the number of free lunches a school receives) and doesn't meet its growth tar- gets for a particular sub-group or for the school as a whole, it may be selected to participate in state intervention pro- grams designed to help im- prove academic performance. The AYP is a federal re- quirement. Unlike the state API that looks at each school individually to set a growth target, the federal program's proficiency measure is a one- size-fits-all benchmark. The AYP considers the per- centage of students participat- ing; the percentage of stu- dents scoring at or above pro- ficiency level in English-lan- guage arts and math; API growth; and (if applicable) graduation rate. This year, elementary and middle schools target 56.8 per- cent proficient in English-lan- guage arts and 58 percent pro- ficient in math. High schools targets are 55.6 percent profi- ciency in English-Language Arts and 54.8 percent in.math. Plumas Unified School Dis- trict as a whole is required to have 56 percent proficiency in English-language arts and 56.4 percent proficiency in math. These targets increase an- nuaUy until the district is 100 percent proficient in English- language arts and math for all schools and significant sub- groups by 2013-14. The Program Improvement Report is determined by a school's AYP scores. If a school that receives Title 1 funds doesn't meet its AYP tar- get two years in a row, it's put into Program Improvement. There are myriad require- ments for each year a school is in program improvement. This year, C. Roy Carmichael Elementary School is in Year 1 Program Improvement, because its His- panic-Latino subgroup of stu- dents didn't meet its AYP tar- get in English-language arts for two consecutive years. The school must address a Met 2010 Criteria for: All English- Mathematics API PI Components .Lan~luage Arts Status PLUMAS UNIFIED No No No Yes Not in PI Elementary Schools C. Roy Carmichael No No No Yes Year 1 Chester Yes Yes Yes Yes Notin PI Greenville Yes Yes Yes Yes Not in PI Pioneer/Quincy Yes Yes Yes Yes Not in PI Taylorsville Yes Yes Yes NA Not in PI High Schools Chester Junior/: Senior High Pending Greenville Junior/ Senior High Pending Plumas Charter 146' No Portola Junior/ Senior High No Quincy Junior/ Senior High No *Performance Improvement ' **Not a Title I School Yes Yes Yes Not T1 ** Yes Yes Yes Not T1 No No No Not T1 No Pending Yes Not T1 Yes No Yes Not T1 number of categories, com- whole, exceeded the desired this year*include Portola and plete with detailed sub-re- state API standard of 800. In Quincy high schooks, as well quirements for each. fact, it went up from 800 last as Plumas Charter School. In addition, the district is year to 814 this year. Superintendent Glenn Har- required to notify parents There are, however, signifi- ris said as benchmark re- they have a choice of public cant sub-populations that quirements increase each schools, with paid transporta- aren't at required levels, year, more and more schools tion, at least two weeks before Those struggling the most are would not be able to meet school starts, the Hispanic or Latino popu- them. School officials must also lation and English language On the other hand, he and describe how they are correct- learners, followed by the so- C. Roy Carmichael principal ing the problem and offer all cio-economically disadvan- Edeltraud Marquette are de- enrolled students the option taged subgroup and students termined to Use the data to to transfer to a non-Program with disabilities, improve educational pro- Improvement school. Other schools that didn,t grams for the students that CRC Elementary, as a meet the AYP requirements need itmost. l rl It was all smiles as David and Qarol Hale heard their names called for the grand prize -- a $500 credit on their electric bill -- near the end of Plumas-Sierra Rural Electric Cooperative's annual member meeting. The Hales were among 280 members attending the meet- ing Sept. 11. Other winners included Shirley Whalen, ~vho walked away with a beautiful framed and matted print of Deer Sonja Anderson, from West- renewable sources by 2020. value of shopping locally and ern Area Power Administra- Dockham urged vigilance to building a viable community. tion, delivered a mixed bag of maintain flexibility to meet com-. Local exhibitors included newsto cooperative ratepay- munity needs and preferences. Dawn Gardens, Quincy Nat- ers. She spoke optimistically Dockham said many NCPA ural Foods, High Altitude about the favorable impact of member utilities have had to Harvest Community Support- late spring rains, but said most area reservoirs were still lower than desired. She said California legisla- tive bills, such as AB32, could increase costs to coop- erative members, although PSREC management and board were "ahead of the raise rates due to the decline ed Agriculture, Harvey in customer sales, although Farms, Potter 8 Ranch, Sierra Plumas County fared better Valley CattleWomen and the this year and would be rela- Sierra Business Council. tively flat next year. Ryan Bishop, 12, presented General Manager Bob Mar- information on the File of Life shall updated membership on program as part of his Eagle the state of the cooperative Scout leadership service pro- and unveiled the Plumas-Sier- ject. Lake, taken by Carl Piesch. curve on the issue." ra fiber project (see related Bishop has one more merit The meeting began at 12:30 Dave Dockham from North- !~tot'yin this issue): ..... badge to complete before p.m. with ~i ~cbme'fi~b~n .......~ ...... : ': ................ ern Calfforma Power Agency ~i Miller announcefl4he tih- preparing for his Eagle Board Chris Miller, board president, talked about Several chal- contested election results for of Review. followed by an invocation, the lenges facing the utility in- the board directors: incum- In addition, Eastern Plumas presentation of colors by the dustry, including aggressive bents Ole Olsen, District Two Health Care hosted a health American Legion, a moment of proposals for renewable port- and Bill Robinson, District fair with free blood pressure silence in remembrance of folio standard legislation that Five, were re-elected, checks, educational materials Sept. 11, and the national an- would mandate California get The new Sustainable Corn- and coupons for discounted them sung by Maryrose Riddle. 33 percent of its power from munity Expo promoted the healthcare services. 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