API Scores: TVUSD, 4 Temecula Schools Among Best in County

Temecula Valley Unified had Riverside County's highest API score for 2013. TVUSD schools taking top honors were Great Oak High, Gardner Middle, Alamos Elementary and Rancho Elementary.

Erle Stanley Gardner Middle School in Temecula had among the top five API scores in the county for 2012-2013. (Photo: http://gms.tvusd.k12.ca.us/)
Erle Stanley Gardner Middle School in Temecula had among the top five API scores in the county for 2012-2013. (Photo: http://gms.tvusd.k12.ca.us/)

The Temecula Valley Unified School District once again achieved the highest Academic Performance Index score in Riverside County for the 2012-2013 school year.

Results released Thursday by the California Department of Education—including the 2013 Riverside County Accountability Progress Report, which is comprised of the state Academic Performance Index, the federal Adequate Yearly Progress, and the federal Program Improvement—show, however, that Temecula Valley Unified followed a downward trend experienced across the county and state.

Temecula Valley Unified’s districtwide 2013 API was 866, a six-point drop from 2012.

API and AYP are based on statewide assessment results, which include the Standardized Testing and Reporting Program taken in spring 2013 and the California High School Exit Examination; scores range from 200 to 1,000, with a statewide performance target of 800.

The top five highest scoring districts in 2013 in the county, according to figures provided by the Riverside County Office of Education, were: Temecula Valley Unified (866), Menifee Union Elementary (851), Murrieta Valley Unified (851), Corona-Norco Unified (823), and Desert Sands Unified (809).

Additionally, one of the district’s comprehensive high schools achieved among the top five API scores in the county. The top five were: John F. Kennedy High-Corona-Norco Unified (890), Great Oak High-Temecula Valley Unified (860), California Military Institute-Perris Union High (851), Nuview Bridge Early College High-Nuview Union (848), and Vista Murrieta High-Murrieta Valley Unified (844).

Two of the district’s elementary schools also had among the top five highest scores countywide, which were: Alamos Elementary-Temecula Valley Unified (925), Rancho Elementary-Temecula Valley Unified (921), Temescal Valley Elementary-Corona-Norco Unified (920), Lake Mathews Elementary-Riverside Unified (916), John F. Kennedy Elementary-Riverside Unified (914), and Tuscany Hills Elementary-Lake Elsinore Unified (914).

And one of its middle schools was among the top five, which included: Riverside STEM Academy-Riverside Unified (972), Western Center Academy-Hemet Unified (948), Amelia Earhart Middle-Riverside Unified (896), Erle Stanley Gardner Middle-Temecula Valley Unified (893), and San Jacinto Leadership Academy-San Jacinto Unified (891).

Although all Temecula Valley Unified Schools met their AYP growth targets, the same was not true among subgroups on some Temecula campuses. Those included Paloma and Temecula elementary schools, all middle schools except for Margarita, and the district’s three comprehensive high schools.

The 2013 average API score for all public schools within Riverside County was 777, an 8-point drop from 785 in 2012, as compared to a 7-point drop in the state of California.

For the 2012-2013 school year, the AYP proficient rate in English Language Arts for all public schools within Riverside County was 55.7 percent, according to RCOE.

This is a 1.9-percentage point drop over the prior year, as compared to a 1.5-percentage point decrease statewide.

From 2002 to 2013, the AYP proficiency rate in English-Language Arts for Riverside County has increased by 27.7 percentage points, RCOE pointed out.

State Superintendent of Schools Tom Torlakson called the federal AYP proficiency targets set under No Child Left Behind  “unrealistic.”

"It is unfortunate that officials in Washington continue to enforce a program they have acknowledged is deeply flawed, and that paints too many high-achieving schools with the same broad brush," Torlakson said, in a news release issued Thursday.

"As an elected official, I'm obliged to comply with the law. But as a teacher, I'll continue to urge Congress and the Administration to get to work, change course, and replace No Child Left Behind with a workable law that fosters rather than hinders the progress California's schools are making,” Torlakson said.

Complete county, district and school level reports can be viewed on CDE’s website.

Temecula parent September 01, 2013 at 01:28 PM
A public school has a Director of Development /PR? Good to see our tax dollars hard at work!
CA Resident September 01, 2013 at 02:53 PM
We at TPS are very lucky to have Mrs. Burns and many others who are able to help draw in collaboration thru grants. These and many activities are supported thru Grant Dollars. IMHO, we are also very lucky to have numerous parents and volunteers who help out by volunteering their off-hours to better our school and community. We pay our tax dollars and don't just let that speak for us.
Temecula parent September 01, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I would submit that all schools have dedicated parents and volunteers who VOLUNTEER to help their schools and community. Our schools couldn't exist without them. My issue is with a PAID public school position that promotes PR and Development. Are the grant dollars raised enough to pay for that salary and additional activities? If so, then it could be argued that it is an appropriate use of tax dollars. If not, then it's an additional, unnecessary administrative position taking away from dollars spent on teachers directly educating our kids.
CA Resident September 01, 2013 at 04:00 PM
I would definitely agree with you and there's no point in applying for $2 grants while paying someone a salary to do that. I am sure that these positions are thought-out thoroughly at TPS. I believe that TPS collaborates with enough partners, activities, collaborators, grants that require a position in order manage these activities. There are long-term running grants, collaborations, and business opportunities - opportunities that bring in more activities and enhancements/enrichment-activities for the students - that need a position in order to effectively manage these projects - and bring in more. I completely 100% agree with everything that you stated with regards to parents and volunteers - and I believe that one of the reason TPS succeeds is because it does spend its money wisely, frugally, and applying it where it's needed. TPS has been succeeding and in operation for close to 13 years now. They know how to run the finances and do it really well.


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