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School Performance Reports

December 10, 1989

HOW TO READ THE SCORES

CAP Scores/CAP Scores Ranking

The California Assessment Program (CAP) is the statewide testing program that provides information on the academic achievement of students in public schools for grades 3, 6, 8, and 12. Only two years of data are available because a new grade 12 test was administered in 1988. The relative percentile rank compares a school's performance with that of similar schools. The statewide rank expresses how a school performs in comparison with all other schools in the state.

Course Enrollments

Enrollments in advanced courses are viewed as an indicator of academic rigor for high schools. The reported figures reflect enrollments among 11th and 12th graders in advanced math (geometry, calculus and trigonometry) and advanced science (all science courses certified by UC as meeting the "a-f" requirements, such as biology, zoology, advanced physics (see UC Required Courses below)).

For chemistry and physics, the percentage of seniors enrolled is reported. The (+) or (-) symbol indicates whether the enrollments in these courses have increased or decreased since 1983-84. For fine arts and foreign language enrollments, the (+) or (-) indicates an increase or decrease in senior enrollments since last year only.

Dropout Rate

This figure represents the rate by which students who were enrolled at the beginning of grade 10 (1985-86) dropped out during the following three years. A dropout is defined as any student who has been enrolled in grade 10, 11, or 12 but who left school before graduation or completion of a formal education, or legal equivalent, and who did not within 45 school days enter another public or private educational institution.

Attendance Rate

The rate reported is the actual yearly pupil attendance rate as disclosed annually by local boards of education. The statewide percentile rank is also reported. The 1987-88 statewide value is 91.3%.

Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)

The SAT includes a verbal section and a math section, each of which is scored on a scale of 200 to 800. In California, 450 verbal and 500 math are considered average scores; higher scores are achieved by those students doing well on the test.

For comparative purposes, the SAT data is reported for 1984 and 1988. Included are the percentage of seniors taking the test; the average verbal score, and the percentage scoring 450 and above; and the average math score and the percentage of seniors scoring 500 and above.

Advanced Placement

The Advanced Placement (AP) exams are given in 24 academic subject areas, such as biology, physics, French, calculus, music theory and computer science. Students who pass these rigorous tests (by obtaining a score of 3 or better, on a scale of 1 to 5) receive college credit. The figures reported for each school are the percentage of tests passed for 1984 and 1988, and the average score for all tests taken at the school for those years.

UC Required Courses

School principals report the number of graduates who complete the courses accepted by the University of California as requirements for admission, known as the "a-f" requirements. The courses include U.S. history, four years of English, three years of math, a laboratory science, two years of foreign language and elective courses. The statistic reported is the percentage of 1986 and 1988 graduates who completed the a-f course sequence.

Public University Attendance

Figures reported here are college attendance rates for the University of California (UC) and the California State University (CSU) for the graduates of 1986 and 1988.

Extracurricular Activities

Figures reported are the percentages of students who report that they are enrolled in one or more extracurricular activities and those enrolled in non-sports extracurricular activities.

Student Ethnicity

The ethnic breakdown of the school population is reported and compared with enrollments in advanced mathematics.

Teacher Ethnicity

Figures reported are the average years of service for the teachers at the school and the percentage of teachers having a master's degree or a doctorate.

Parent Education

Parent education level is used as an indicator of socioeconomic status. The first three statistics show the percentage of students at the school whose parents have attained certain educational levels.

The statewide percentile rank shows where the overall parent education level at the school ranks among all other schools with a grade 12.

Scores listed below are for high schools in the South Bay.

STATE AVERAGES

CAP Scores

Reading Writing Math 1989 248 250 256 1988 250 --- 250

--- Data not available

Course Enrollments

1989 Change from 1984 Chemistry 38.8% +13.8 Advanced Math 38.3% +10.3 Advanced Science 50.7% +1.7 Fine Arts 56.7% -8.3 Foreign Language 24.7% +2.7

Dropout Rate

1988 3-year average 22.2%

Attendance Rate

1988 Yearly attendance 91.3%

SAT Scores

1984 1988 % Taking Test 39 45 Average Verbal Score 421 424 % Students Over 449 15.5 18.8 Average Math Score 476 484 % Students Over 499 16.5 20.4

Advanced Placement

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