Why did these schools increase their academic scores so dramatically, in just one year? In California, schools in Lodi and Galt are under tremendous pressure bring their API scores up to the 800-point target and keep them there.
The API is one test, but it is the one that represents a school’s overall performance. Many decisions about how local schools are run are based on the results.
How do schools with the high scores keep them high? And how do some schools make impressive gains?
According to school principals, it’s important to keep an eye on the skills that students find difficult, and focus on improving those skills.
Afterschool tutoring is just one area where teachers focus at Needham Elementary School, in their own classroom or with a reading intervention coach. The result is that the school’s score increased this year by 37 points. Teachers have focused on improving reading skills, with a big benefit across the curriculum.