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Los Alamitos Schools Earn an A on State Tests

The Los Alamitos Unified School District posts an eight point jump in API scores from 911 to 919. The state considers a score of 800 or more to be well-performing.

Even in an economic downturn, local schools are making record profits … in learning.

The Los Alamitos Unified School District announced that their Academic Performance Index, which the California Department of Education uses to measure a school's success, has gone up eight points, from 911 to 919.

“In Los Al, we are proud to announce that we continue to blaze a trail of excellence in student learning as, once again, we see an increase in overall test scores in the four content areas tested, something we should all take pride in and celebrate,” wrote Mark Johnson, district assistant superintendent, in the district’s newsletter.

The state considers a school or district with a score of 800 or more to be well performing. To give a comparison, Los Angeles Unified School District had an API of 729 last year and improved to 745 in 2012.

The Los Al district is one of a number of Orange County school districts that saw improvements from 2011 to 2012. As far as individual schools go, Los Alamitos Elementary made the most improvement, jumping 19 points from 918 to 937.

Only two schools saw lower scores: McGaugh Elementary lost 12 points from 918 to 906 and Laurel High School moved from 691 to 679, a twelve point drop.

Hopkinson Elementary stayed the same at 957, and the rest of the schools went up three points or more.

API Rankings for All Los Al District Schools

School

2011 Base API

2012 Growth API

Change in API

Los Alamitos Unified School District

911

919

+8

Hopkinson Elementary

957

957

0

Lee Elementary

944

953

+9

Los Alamitos Elementary

918

937

+19

McGaugh Elementary

918

906

-12

Rossmoor Elementary

949

957

+8

Weaver Elementary

984

987

+3

McAuliffe Middle School

931

938

+7

Oak Middle School

911

924

+13

Los Alamitos High School

879

885

6

Laurel High School

691

679

-12

jw4rocket November 02, 2012 at 11:28 AM
Why do you think Los Alamitos Unified School District routinely scores highly? Thanks to the parents of this district who put a high priority on education; they understand the importance of getting a quality education. Parents support our school with more than money. They hold their children accountable for learning and they hold the district accountable for providing an exceptional environment in which to learn. As a teacher in this district, I thank the parents for giving me the opportunity to make a difference.
Robin November 02, 2012 at 01:34 PM
As a teacher in the district you must also know that many of these schools "practice" the tests before the final testing and this is totally against the rules. I had a daughter in the district and I too am a teacher but in another local district. I guess it doesn't matter how you get to the top as long as you get there?
M. Michaelsen November 02, 2012 at 02:46 PM
While I agree that parental support is very important and JW has it right that student accountability is important, the quality of the teachers is extraordinary. There are a few that don't make the grade but they seem to disappear in a relatively short amount of time. Many thanks to the teachers and administrators that have made a difference in our children's lives.
JB November 02, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Robin if that is the case that teachers are prepping the students with actual test questions and you have evidence you most certainly have an obligation to report to the OC school board. Not doing so is providing a disservice to our children, and teaching them that cheating is OK. Some 23 schools were just busted recently. Here is a link to the article at LA Times: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-73082801/
Stacey November 02, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Los Alamitos is a great district. Behind every GREAT is its supporters - the students, the teachers, administrators and the parents who day after day volunteers endless hours as well as work at home or have another job. It's called commitment to see that your child does their best and receives the best. You can't say that a school is cheating if they are studying or practicing how Star testing will be. Its what any good school will do. It's only cheating if you practice and use the same questions as the test booklets or give the kids the answers. If you think Los Al cheated then u need to report it but I will be the first to back my children's school and district for doing great. Not accuse them of something you can't back. GO LOS AL. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
Stacey November 02, 2012 at 08:05 PM
BTW, did you know that one of the Los Alamitos district school's PTA went out and provided a cup of OJ and a cup of Cheerios to each and every child who wanted one to make sure no child was hungry during testing. Or did you know that the teachers made each day a little more special by encouraging the kids with healthy treats and words of encouragement with notes or banners. These teachers go above and beyond to help our kids learn and strive to do better, not cheat. and if you haven't figured it out yet, I am a proud parent of Los Alamitos Unified School District.
Former Interdistrict Transfer November 02, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I paid a lot to leave a very "diverse" school district nearby. Every interdistrict transfer student here is a good student. Otherwise, their parents, like me, would have left their kid in their "diverse" school district. By the way, look at the increase in scores with the increase in Asian kids. It is telling.
met00 November 03, 2012 at 08:11 PM
100% agreement. The job of the parent is to educate. From values to supporting the curriculum of the schools, the parent's first priority is to ensure the success of their child. This is why those of us who bought here paid a premium to do so (20-50% over the cost of the same size home nearby in Cypress, Garden Grove or Long Beach). We place a high level of importance to education. In fact, the school with the highest score actually is the one that requires the most commitment from family (please note that this is NOT a knock on any of the other schools in the district, they are all great - Weaver being year-round and requiring parental transportation requires just a small bit more commitment than the others from parents). On the other hand, every parent can tell you the difference between a committed teacher and one who isn't. I am glad to say that when I listen to parents from other districts and we share stories about our kids, I have one "horror" story about LAUSD education to every ten or fifteen of theirs. Parents who care, and teachers and administrators and a culture of education being important, makes a difference.
met00 November 03, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Right, they teach to the test. Better try that again. Look at ACT and SAT test scores and then look at the students grades and classwork. I know a straight A student taking advanced work who happens to standardized test poorly. Taking an AP math class and getting an A this year, yet according to the last years standardized test, she is not "proficient" in math... go figure. Do you really think that parents who paid extra to live in this district and feel education is important are going to "go along" with a system that doesn't prepare thier kids, as long as the district "looks good" in tests?

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