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Cohort Graduation Rate Comparisons for SMMUSD, Los Angeles County, and the State of California.
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Cohort Graduation Rate Comparisons for SMMUSD, Los Angeles County, and the State of California.

News, Santa Monica, Education, Smmusd

Santa Monica-Malibu Schools Demonstrate Big Gains In Graduation Rate

Posted Apr. 30, 2014, 8:56 am

Mirror Staff

The California Department of Education has released new graduation rate data for the Class of 2013. The rate for SMMUSD’s Class of 2013 climbed to a remarkable 93.5 percent.

As shown in the chart above, this increase over the 2012 rate of 91.4 percent outpaced gains at both the state and county level.

SMMUSD Superintendent Sandra Lyon commented, “These increases reflect the collaborative effort of the entire SMMUSD community – students, teachers, administrators, and parents – as we work to prepare every student for college and careers.”

The four-year adjusted cohort methodology takes into account all students from the Class of 2013 who could have potentially graduated from our schools during a 4-year time period.

This includes students who entered 9th grade, as well as students who transferred into the district as 10th, 11th, or 12th graders.

Students who dropped out of school at any point along the way, who were “no shows” or “lost transfers” at any point along the way, or who completed 12th grade but had not met all graduation requirements are included into the denominator of the 4-year adjusted cohort.

In addition to an overall increase, numerically significant groups of students demonstrated gains over the Class of 2012.

In particular, African American students, Latinos, students with disabilities, and socio-economically disadvantaged student groups from the Class of 2013 graduated at significantly higher rates than the year prior.

Dr. Terry Deloria, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, said seeing the disaggregated results was very encouraging.

"The gains for nearly all groups are quite positive," Dr. Deloria said. "We will have to do further analysis of our English learners in order to determine what may have contributed to the one-year decline for that particular group of students.”

 

As shown below, both Malibu High and Santa Monica High demonstrated gains in graduation rate for the Class of 2013. 

Malibu’s graduation rate now stands at a phenomenal 97.2 percent, with Santa Monica High, coming in close behind at 96.5 percent. 

A separate graduation rate is not officially configured for Olympic High School. 

“For accountability purposes, continuation high schools receive the district’s graduation rate,” said Dr. Maureen Bradford, the district’s Director of Assessment, Research and Evaluation. “Since continuation high schools are designed specifically to serve students who are at risk of not completing high school graduation requirements, it would be inappropriate to hold them to the same accountability measures as comprehensive high schools.”

In addition to increasing graduation rates, SMMUSD has posted decreased dropout rates. 

The dropout rate is the rate of students that leave the 9-12 school system without a high school diploma, GED, or special education certificate of completion. 

The dropout rate for the district now stands at 1.1 percent. 

The table below compares dropout rates for SMMUSD, the county, and state over the past four years. 

Note that for 2010 and 2011, the posted rates could be partially attributed to “lost transfers” as districts across the state struggled to upload and maintain accurate data in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). 

Cohort Dropout Rates

SMMUSD     

LA County

           State

2010

12.1

18.9

16.6

2011

8.2

16.7

14.7

2012

1.2

4.9

4

2013

1.1

4.6

3.9

Samohi’s graduation rates by numerically significant groups are shown below. 

The graduation rates for Latinos and African American students demonstrated remarkable gains of 4.8 and 8.1 percentage points, respectively. 

The grad rate for socio-economically disadvantaged students climbed 4.9 percentage points. 

The most dramatic gain in grad rate was for students with disabilities, with a 12.1 percentage point increase over 2012. 

Upon reviewing the data, Principal Eva Mayoral commented, “Samohi students and staff commit themselves to excellence on a daily basis.  It is phenomenal to see that investment pay off in such a profound way.”

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May. 4, 2014, 8:11:16 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, 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. 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).

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