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Four SMMUSD Elementary Schools Named CA Distinguished Schools

Posted May. 6, 2014, 8:59 am

Mirror Staff

Four schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have been named among the 424 public elementary schools to receive the CA Distinguished School honor for 2014.

The schools are Franklin Elementary School, Point Dume Marina Science School, Roosevelt Elementary School, and Webster Elementary School.

SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyon said the District was proud of all of its schools.

“This recognition honors the hard work and dedication of our staff, students, and families," Lyon said.

Franklin principal Tara Brown said this was Franklin Elementary School’s second California Distinguished School designation. Its first award was in 2008.

“Everyone is absolutely ecstatic," Brown said. "I don't think the designation changes the school, but gives validation to our amazing staff, students, parents and community for all of the hard work and effort that is made on a daily basis towards all students achieving academic excellence while narrowing the achievement gap.”

Point Dume principal Rebecca Johnson said its school was thrilled to be recognized again as a California Distinguished School.

“I want to thank the students, staff, and parents," Johnson said. "It is due to their continued dedication and extraordinary effort that this acknowledgement of PDMSS was made possible.”

Roosevelt principal Natalie Burton the award directly reflected the expertise and collaboration of the school's exceptional educators and its dedicated Roosevelt families.

“I am so proud that our students have flourished with such enthusiasm through our signature practices in Math and English Language Arts," Burton said. "This exciting recognition is an honor for our entire Roosevelt community.”

Webster principal Dr. Susan Samarge-Powell said the school was honored to be considered a California Distinguished School for a second time.

“The students, staff and parent community all contribute to the successes found at Webster - it is a wonderful environment in which to learn,” Samarge-Powell said.

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May. 6, 2014, 10:15:59 am

BSF said...

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) has failed to meet its adequate yearly progress (AYP) obligations in Mathematics and Language Arts in both their High Schools and Elementary Schools . The results are even worse for their minority students and socio-economically disadvantaged students throughout the district. Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), schools must make "adequate yearly progress" (AYP) in several areas, based primarily on student performance and participation. Performance: Each year the percent of students in each subgroup scoring "proficient" or above in English/language arts and mathematics on standardized tests must meet or exceed target percentages known as "annual measurable objectives" (AMOs) Malibu High School, Santa Monica High School along with John Muir Elementary and Will Rogers Elementary Schools, are designated as high schools and elementary schools for AYP reporting, and they have not met all requirements for 2013 Adequate Yearly Progress as determined by the California Department of Education. Proficiency levels are measured using the California Standards Tests for elementary and middle schools and the California High School Exit Exam for high schools. Target percentages are known as "annual measurable objectives" (AMOs). The AMOs for high schools is 88.9% in English/language arts and 88.7% in mathematics. The AMOs for elementary schools is 89.2% in English/language arts and 89.5% in mathematics. According to the California Department of Education, Malibu High School's AYP Math Score of 72.6% has failed to meet its 88.7% AYP obligations in 2013. According to the California Department of Education, Malibu High School's AYP Math Score of 59.2% for its Latino Students has failed to meet its 88.7% AYP obligations in 2013. According to the California Department of Education, Malibu High School's AYP Language Arts Score of 65.8% for its Latino Students has failed to meet its 88.9% AYP obligations in 2013. According to the California Department of Education, Malibu High School's AYP Language Arts Score of 72.2% for its Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students has failed to meet its 88.9% AYP obligations in 2013. According to the California Department of Education, Malibu High School's AYP Math Score of 57.8% for its Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students has failed to meet its 88.7% AYP obligations in 2013. According to the California Department of Education, Santa Monica High School's AYP Math Score of 72.2% has failed to meet its 88.7% AYP obligations in 2013. According to the California Department of Education, Santa Monica High School's AYP Language Arts Score of 75.5% has failed to meet its 88.9% AYP obligations in 2013. According to the California Department of Education, Santa Monica High School's AYP Language Arts Score of 59.8% for its Latino Students has failed to meet its 88.9% AYP obligations in 2013. According to the California Department of Education, Santa Monica High School's AYP Math Score of 58.1% for its Latino Students has failed to meet its 88.7% AYP obligations in 2013. According to the California Department of Education, Santa Monica High School's AYP Language Arts Score of 57.7% for its Socioeconomically Disadvantaged has failed to meet its 88.9% AYP obligations in 2013. According to the California Department of Education, Santa Monica High School's AYP Math Score of 57.5% for its Socioeconomically Disadvantaged has failed to meet its 88.7% AYP obligations in 2013. STAR-Percent of Students Scoring at Proficient or Advanced Malibu High School, 2012-13 Subject Mathematics 60% STAR-Percent of Students Scoring at Proficient or Advanced Santa Monica High School, 2012-13 Subject Mathematics 38% Source: California Department of Education: Analysis, Measurement, and Accountability Reporting Division, (AYP: apr13adb, 9/19/13; Title I: schlpi13, 9/19/13);(2012-13 SARC Research Files).

May. 6, 2014, 12:47:33 pm

SM Native said...

Not surprising, 2 in Malibu and the other 2 on Montana Ave.

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