Better Grades

They’re at it again! The state of California has just released their 2008 Academic Performance Index (API) which bases how a school performs on a variety of tests. A score of 800 is considered excellent. In addition, the federal No Child Left Behind Act ranks schools by a different measure called the Adequate Yearly Progress. A rising percentage of students must score “proficient” or “advanced” on their annual state exam, in addition to other indicators, in order to be considered successful. Both of these reports have been released and, no surprise, Foster City is excellent. In fact, FC’s scores have actually risen since last time…and that was excellent too! It’s interesting to note how many of the San Mateo schools did not meet the AYP criteria, while all of the Foster City schools have. Great stuff!

Here’s the breakout:

County District School API 2008 GrowthDescending API 2007 Base Met all 2008 AYP criteria?  
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Brewer Island Elementary 949 933 Yes Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Foster City Elementary 928 919 Yes Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Baywood Elementary 919 928 Yes Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Bowditch Middle 905 880 Yes Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Audubon Elementary 883 861 Yes Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Highlands Elementary 853 873 Yes Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Meadow Heights Elementary 836 799 Yes Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Laurel Elementary 830 834 Yes Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Beresford Elementary 830 800 No Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa North Shoreview Elementary 810 796 No Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa George Hall Elementary 806 786 No Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Borel Middle 804 807 No Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Abbott Middle 795 768 No Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Park Elementary 791 807 No Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Sunnybrae Elementary 780 788 No Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa College Park Elementary 765 748 No Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Parkside Elementary 761 789 No Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Albion H. Horrall Elementary 748 730 Yes Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa Fiesta Gardens International Elementary 745 766 No Details
San Mateo San Mateo-Foster City Elementa THE Bayside S.T.E.M. ACADEMY 704 684 No

 

Comments

  1. While our kids are doing a great job here in Foster City, I am not sure how well they fare in San Mateo High schools. Can any FC parents of high schoolers comment on the quality of the 3 high schools in San Mateo?

  2. Hi Jim:
    We have a daughter that attends San Mateo High School and she loves it! Their staff have been wonderful to work with and overall it has been a positive high school experience for her. They offer tremendous support in special education area’s as well as their “advanced” programs…they work effectively with parents to be in constant communication when necessary which we have greatly appreciated. We are proud to be the parents of a Bearcat and think it is an excellent school!

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