August 29, 2013: The state Dept. of Education has released the reports of the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE). Full details can be accessed here. The office of state Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, noted that "students in the class of 2013 passed [CAHSEE] at the highest rate" (95.5%; 425,911 students) since the test was made a graduation requirement in 2006.
Ethnic breakdown of students who passed: 91.8% of African American Students; 82.2% of English learners; 93.5% economically disadcvantaged; 93.8% Hispanic/Latino; 98.5%, white.
From the CDE (emphases ours):
Statewide Accountability: 2013 Growth Academic Performance Index Results
The Growth API results show that the majority of all schools, including 56 percent of elementary schools, 50 percent of middle schools, and 31 percent of high schools are now meeting the state benchmark.
The API is a numeric index that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000. School and student group targets are set at 5 percent of the difference between the school or student group's Base API score (posted last May, along with school ranks) and the statewide target of 800, with a minimum target of 5 points. All numerically significant student groups at a school must meet their growth targets for a school to meet its API growth target.
Statewide, the overall API declined by 2 points from last year, from 791 to 789, although a number of student subgroups saw gains. Realizing the largest gains among student subgroups were socioeconomically disadvantaged students, who increased by 5 percentage points; English learners with a 1 percentage point increase; and students with disabilities with a 5 percentage point increase.
“It is unfortunate that officials in Washington continue to enforce a program they have acknowledged is deeply flawed..." -- Tom Torlakson, California State Superintendent of Schools...
Federal Accountability: 2013 Adequate Yearly Progress Results
As expected, the unrealistic federal proficiency targets set under No Child Left Behind continued to identify an even larger number of schools, including many at or above the state’s performance target, for Program Improvement (PI).
“It is unfortunate that officials in Washington continue to enforce a program they have acknowledged is deeply flawed, and that paints too many high-achieving schools with the same broad brush,” Torlakson said. “As an elected official, I’m obliged to comply with the law. But as a teacher, I’ll continue to urge Congress and the Administration to get to work, change course, and replace No Child Left Behind with a workable law that fosters rather than hinders the progress California’s schools are making.”