OUHSD Schools Show Big Gains in API Scores

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After several years of gradual growth, Oxnard Union High School District schools demonstrated significant gains in their Academic Index Performance (API) scores during the 2011-12 school year.

The California Department of Education revealed statewide API scores on Thursday, Oct. 11. Overall, OUHSD score is 748, a 25-point increase over the District’s 723 score in 2011. Also significant is OUHSD closing the achievement gap in all sub groups, including English Learners (+29 points), Students with Disabilities (+36 points) and Socially Economically Disadvantaged Students (+27 points).

In addition, all six of OUHSD’s comprehensive schools as well as Frontier High, its alternative school, showed double-digit gains and more than doubled their 2012 target increase:

  • Adolfo Camarillo High: 869 – a 21-point increase
  • Channel Islands High: 702 – with a 13-point increase
  • Hueneme High: 693 – a 43-point increase
  • Oxnard High: 744 – a 28-point increase
  • Pacifica High: 754 – a 22-point increase
  • Rio Mesa High: 753 – a 12-point increase
  • Frontier High: 557 – a 47-point increase

“It shows the District is preparing our students for the new global economy with 21st Century Skills,” OUHSD Superintendent Dr. Gabe Soumakian said at a press conference held on Oct. 11 at Pacifica High School.

A number of local government and education officials attended, including State Senate candidate Hannah Beth Jackson, Ventura County Supervisor John Zaragoza, Oxnard City Councilmembers Bryan MacDonald and Carmen Ramirez, Ventura Office of Education Board member Dr. Mark Lisagor and VCOE Superintendent Stan Mantooth.

“Some of these increases are truly stunning,” Mantooth said to OUHSD teachers in attendance. “You touch every single student every single day.”

API measures a school’s academic performance and growth and is calculated from results for each school’s students on statewide test results. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.

Dr. Soumakian said the District’s success is largely due to the efforts of a great teaching staff that provided quality standards based instruction and motivated students to demonstrate increased academic proficiency.

He also credited OUHSD’s “Blueprint for Greatness” adopted by the Board of Trustees last year and the “Strategic Schooling Model” by Dennis Parker which stressed staff development and teacher collaboration.

Dr. Soumakian also introduced the board members of the new Oxnard Union High School District Education Foundation: Dr. Cynthia Herrera, STEM director for Oxnard College; Oxnard City Councilman Bryan MacDonald; Tom Petrovich, a retired certified public accountant; Phyllis Throckmorton, retired Director of Career and Technical Education for OUHSD; and Bruce Stensile, President and CEO of the Economic Development Collaborative of Ventura County.

The Education Foundation’s goal, Dr. Soumakian said, is to develop and sustain strong business and community partnerships to prepare students for college and career pathways. The foundation also will work with private and public agencies to solicit and accept donations that will support specific programs and services in OUHSD schools.

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