South LA students are achieving some of the best academic growth in the state, according to state test and academic growth models from CORE, a network of the nine largest school districts across California. CORE student growth percentiles show significant growth and achievement for Green Dot Public Schools’ students, a network of Title I public charter schools founded in 1999, when it first received authorization from the Lennox School District to open a new high school in Lennox. SBAC results from 2018 show impressive student growth under CORE’s student academic performance model, normed to the results of 1.3 million students statewide across nine school districts.
At Oscar De La Hoya Ánimo Charter High School, Ánimo Pat Brown Charter High School, Ánimo Jackie Robinson Charter High School, Ánimo Western Charter Middle School, Ánimo Mae Jemison Charter Middle School and Ánimo College Prep Academy students are growing at a CORE student growth percentile of 87+ — meaning they are significantly outpacing student academic growth of their peers across the state.
In particular, there are some important lessons to be wrought from the impressive results at Ánimo Mae Jemison and Ánimo Pat Brown, where students grew in the 99th and 100th percentiles across both ELA and Math.
“Rigorous, college-prep-focused, academic programs combined with small class sizes have resulted in stronger performance by students on assessments as well as higher retention rates – and we are proud of the hard work of our devoted educators.”
— Cristina de Jesus, President & CEO of Green Dot California
CORE District’s Student Growth Percentiles measure student growth year over year by comparing student performance to those of their peers on previous state assessments. SGP scores above 50 represent growth that is faster than average.
Green Dot Public Schools has long advocated for a focus on student assessment practices on growth measures. “These results collectively reflect strong student outcomes driven by the hard work of the educators and support staff at each of our schools,” said Cristina de Jesus, President & CEO of Green Dot Public Schools California.
“Rigorous, college-prep-focused, academic programs combined with small class sizes have resulted in stronger performance by students on assessments as well as higher retention rates – and we are proud of the hard work of our devoted educators,” she added.
Green Dot Public Schools is one of the top three largest charter public school providers in the country, with schools located in Washington State, California, and Tennessee. Green Dot is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping transform public education for all students so that they can graduate prepared for college, leadership and life. A nationally recognized leader in school turnarounds, Green Dot Public Schools works with families and students in historically underprivileged communities to work toward better public schools.
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Source: ACPA Blog