CST Scores in English and Math Improve Across Network, Significant Gains in Algebra I Proficiency
Los Angeles – Green Dot Public Schools announced the California Standards Test (CST) results released by the California Department of Education (CDE) show sustained growth in student achievement in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics across its network of 14 high schools and four middle schools.
“This is our fourth year in a row of sustained growth across our entire network of schools,” said Dr. Cristina de Jesus, Green Dot’s President and Chief Academic Officer. “We have been able to effectively replicate our academic model at both independent charters and turnaround schools, but we know we can do more. That’s why we will use these results as part of our on-going, comprehensive efforts to create personalized learning plans for each of our students.”
Below are highlights from Green Dot’s CST results:
· Since 2009, CST proficiency rates have gone up 12.9 points in mathematics and 8.3 points in ELA. In this past year, these rates are up 3.7 points in mathematics and 1.8 points in ELA.
· There are promising gains for our turnaround schools that began operation in the 2011-2012 at the Jordan HS Educational Complex and at the Henry Clay Learning Complex (see charts 4 and 5).
· At the Locke Family of Schools, the total number of students proficient in math and English has more than doubled in English and more than quintupled in math since 2008. (see chart 3)
· Algebra I proficiency scores at all Green Dot schools were strong. Five high schools (Ánimo Inglewood, Ánimo Leadership, Ánimo Jackie Robinson, Ánimo Ralph Bunche and Oscar de la Hoya Ánimo) had proficiency rates in Algebra I at or over 50%, with Ánimo Inglewood reaching 71%.
“We want to continue helping students achieve in the classroom and beyond, making their school experience a springboard for future success,” continued Dr. de Jesus. “We’re proud of our students’ accomplishments and thank parents, teachers and administrators for all of their efforts. We will continue to work together to help every student become proficient in these fundamental English and math skills.”
Dr. de Jesus said these gains are particularly notable because they occurred in an academic year where Green Dot added three turnaround schools to its network along with negotiating a new contract agreement with its teachers union that includes a multiple measure teacher evaluation system.
Green Dot operates a mix of independent charter and turnaround schools, serving more than 10,000 students in Los Angeles County’s highest need areas. Green Dot’s student body is statistically identical to the Los Angeles Unified School District’s, mirroring the amount of students that are English language learners, who receive free or reduced lunches, and are students with special needs.
The CSTs are part of the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program. Below are summary charts of CST results for ELA and mathematics by school type. All of the data summarized in these charts can be found at www.cde.ca.gov.