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School Statistics
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The Numbers

Grades: K-6

Students: 375

Teachers: 17

2012 API Score: 858

For more information about school demographics, visit:

www.greatschools.org

STAR Results and Your Child

A report of your child's STAR test results will be sent home after they arrive in the district (usually in late August). STAR results provide you with valuable information regarding your child's academic progress.  Individual student results are merged to prepare grade level reports for each school, district, county and state.

One helpful outcome of testing is that your child will be assigned a reading level number after taking the test.  A list of recommended books by reading level (1-14) is available at California Reading Lists.

School Report Card

The school report card is an accessible, annual summary of school performance designed to provide valuable feedback to teachers, administrators, parents and the community. The report card goes beyond test scores and emphasizes both a school’s performance and its progress.

Click below for a report on Dahlia Heights:

School Accountability Report Card (SARC) Summary

Academic Performance Index (API)

 

The Academic Performance Index (API) is one way to look at school performance based on a variety of tests that students take. The API includes CAT/6 scores, standards-based results for English language arts, mathematics, science and social science, and the  results from the California Alternative Performance Assessment (CAPA).

Each school's STAR results are calculated into a complex formula that assigns the school a base API between 200 and 1000 (1000 being the best score). The state has set 800 as the target API score that schools should try to achieve. This number is translated into a ranking, 1 to 10, from underperforming to high performing. It is used to help schools track their own progress and to hold schools accountable for improvement. The results may result in sanctions or rewards for schools.

Click here for a detailed report.

Test Taking Tips

For Best Results:

  • Sleep well the night before
  • Keep morning routines normal
  • Leave cell phones, electronic devices and valuables at home
  • Have a healthy breakfast that your child is used to eating
  • Be at school on time
  • Listen carefully to instructions
  • If you don’t understand instructions, raise your hand and ask a question
  • When a test starts: work calmly and mark answers carefully
  • Focus during the test
  • When the test is over: check your answers and erase any stray marks

 

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Standardized Tests

Once a year, California public school students participate in the state's Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) program. Typically administered in May, it encompasses the following:

  • Grades 2-6: California Standards Test (CST)
  • Grade 4: (includes writing test)
  • Grade 5: (Includes a fitness test and science test).

The California Standards Tests (CST) consists of standards-based tests designed to show how well California students are mastering the grade-level content standards established by the state Board of Education. In grades 2 through 11, the tests cover English-language arts and mathematics. Over a period of 1 to 2 weeks, the children are tested for roughly an hour per day.