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Adequate Yearly Progress - 2011
Palo Alto Unified
(CDS code 43-69641)


This district has not met all requirements for 2011 Adequate Yearly Progress as determined by the California Department of Education. Details of the district's performance are in the tables below.

These results are from the 2011 Accountability Progress Report (APR), released by the California Department of Education in September 2011. Click here for more information about APR.

The CDE has 16 alternative methods for determining if schools made AYP. These apply to schools for which AYP indicators cannot be calculated in the standard way or whose circumstances meet allowable exceptions. Examples are alternative schools and very small schools. Some schools made AYP because of these alternative calculations, but the original data is reported in the tables below.

Not all AMOs met.
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Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), school districts as well as schools must make "adequate yearly progress" (AYP) in several areas, based primarily on student performance and participation.
  • Performance: Each year the percent of students in each subgroup scoring "proficient" or above in English/language arts and mathematics on standardized tests must meet or exceed target percentages known as "annual measurable objectives" (AMOs) that increased substantially for 2011.
     
  • Participation: The percent of students in each subgroup taking the tests must meet or exceed 95%.
     
  • Additional indicators for AYP include scoring at certain levels on the Academic Performance Index (API) and, for districts with high schools, improving their graduation rates.
Click here for an explanation of the accountability provisions of NCLB.

 

Performance - Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs)
2011 Districtwide English/Language Arts Percent Proficient or Above

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87.0% Proficiency levels are measured using the California Standards Tests for elementary and middle schools and the California High School Exit Exam for high schools. Target percentages are known as "annual measurable objectives" (AMOs).
    The AMOs for unified school districts increased substantially in 2011, to 67.0% in English/language arts and 67.3% in mathematics. Districts with fewer than 100 valid scores have adjusted AMOs and must meet adjusted percent proficient targets.
Each numerically significant subgroup of students must meet the AMOs in both subjects for the district to make Adequate Yearly Progress. The subgroups are based on ethnicity, disability, socioeconomically disadvantaged (free/reduced price meal program and/or parents without high school diplomas), and English learners.

A district can make AYP if the percent of students (whole district or subgroups) who are below proficient in ELA or math decreased by 10% from the previous year; in this "safe harbor" provision the district must have a 95% participation rate and an API Growth score of 710 or one point above the previous year.

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All subgroups met AMOs in English/Language Arts? No
2011 Districtwide Math Percent Proficient or Above

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86.8%
All subgroups met AMOs in Math? No
Participation Rates
2011 District English/Language Arts Participation Rate 98.0% The district as a whole and each numerically significant subgroup of students must have a 95% participation rate in both English/language arts and math in order to make Adequate Yearly Progress. The subgroups are based on ethnicity, disability, socioeconomically disadvantaged (free/reduced price meal program and/or parents without high school diplomas), and English language status.

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All subgroups met Participation Rate in English/Language Arts? No
2011 District Math Participation Rate 98.0%
All subgroups met Participation Rate in Math? No
Additional Indicator(s)
2011 Growth API









926 Each district’s 2011 Growth Academic Performance Index (API) must be at least 710 or improve over the 2010 Base API by at least one point. An "Invalid" Growth API also prevents the district from making AYP.

To meet AYP criteria, districts with high schools, based on 2009-10 graduation rates, must:
  1. Have a graduation rate of at least 90.0%, or
  2. Meet a 2011 fixed growth target rate, or
  3. Meet a 2011 variable growth target rate.
2011 Graduation Rate

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97.3%
Made Graduation Rate Target? Yes
Program Improvement - Title I
District placed in Program Improvement?

No Because this district receives federal Title I funds, it will be placed in Program Improvement if it fails to make Adequate Yearly Progress on the same indicator for two years in a row.
Level of Program Improvement N/A
Socioeconomically disadvantaged API 724
Note1: N/A indicates information is not available or not applicable.

Note2: AYP indicators are highlighted in red if they do not meet AYP target values. Some AYP indicator values that appear not to meet a standard actually do meet AYP standards due to an alternative method determination and will not be highlighted in red.
Source: California Department of Education, Policy and Evaluation Division, (AYP: apr11dbf, 4/25/12; Title I: distpi11, 4/25/12).
Subgroup Performance and Participation
Student Subgroups1 Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs)
% Proficient and Above % Participation
English/Language Arts
(67% Target)
Mathematics
(67.3% Target)
English/Language Arts
(95% Target)
Mathematics
(95% Target)
Black or African American 54.4 50.0 97 96
American Indian or Alaska Native N/A N/A N/A N/A
Asian 94.4 96.3 99 99
Filipino N/A N/A N/A N/A
Hispanic or Latino 55.2 54.3 98 97
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander N/A N/A N/A N/A
White 91.1 89.7 98 98
Two or more races N/A N/A N/A N/A
Socio-economically Disadvantaged 48.8 48.0 98 98
English Learner 67.4 74.5 99 98
Students with Disabilities 2 60.0 55.4 91 92
1 To be numerically significant, a subgroup must have 100 pupils or be 15% of total enrollment with at least 50 pupils with valid test scores. See Students by Ethnicity and Languages of English Learner Students for student enrollment counts taken during the year.

Note: AYP indicators are highlighted in red if they do not meet AYP target values. Some AYP indicator values that appear not to meet a standard actually do meet AYP standards due to an alternative method determination and will not be highlighted in red.
Source: California Department of Education, Policy and Evaluation Division, (AYP: apr11dbf, 4/25/12; Title I: distpi11, 4/25/12).
 

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