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Superintendent

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is a district on the move.  We are so proud of our many accomplishments throughout the past four years.  Despite the massive budget reductions, our staff has never worked harder, and our students have never accomplished as much.  Governor Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 484 which means our students will no longer be taking the California Standards Tests.  Some people know or refer to these tests as CSTs or STAR tests.  There are two exceptions to this.  We will still administer the CSTs in science at grades 5, 8, and 10.  Additionally, the Early Assessment Program (EAP) will be given in grade 11 for English Language Arts and mathematics. We are now moving into the Common Core State Standards and will pilot the Smarter Balanced Assessments in the spring for grades 3 to 8, inclusive, and grade 11. 

 

The Academic Performance Index (API) has been in place in California since 1999 as part of California’s Accountability Act.  The California Standards Tests (CSTs) were a large part of the API.  The API will have to be revised to accommodate for the new Smarter Balanced Assessments that are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.  Before we say goodbye to our current API system, I want to highlight some of our successes tied to API over the past few years:

       FSUSD’s API is 790.  This is an increase of 54 points since 2009.  (California’s API grew 35 points during the same time frame.)

       Today, only 5 of our schools have a Similar School Rank of 4 or less.  (This is based on 2011-12 CST scores.) Four years ago, we had 16 schools with a Similar School Rank of 4 or less. 

       ZERO of our schools have an API under 700. In 2009, seven of our schools had APIs under 700. 

       The API of our Hispanic Achievement group has increased by 65 API points since 2009 (California’s API for the Hispanic Achievement Group grew 46 points during the same time period.)

       The API of our African American Achievement Group has increased by 61 API points over the past four years. (California’s API for the same the African American Achievement group grew 34 points during the same time period.)

       The API of our English Learners increased by 67 API points since 2009, as compared to 44 points at the state level.

       The API of our White Achievement Group increased by 46 points since 2009, compared to 25 points at the state level. 

       The API of our Socio-economically Disadvantaged students increased by 71 points since 2009, compared to 47 points at the state level.

       The API of our Students with Disabilities has improved 99 points since 2009, compared to 49 points at the state level.

       We currently have fourteen schools with APIs over 800.  In 2009, we had nine schools with APIs over 800. 

       All of our Title I schools are currently over 745, and one of our Title I schools (Suisun Elementary) is over 800. In 2009, none of our Title I schools had an API over 725. 

       Currently, we have three schools over 900 with Nelda Mundy Elementary at 951.  Nelda Mundy has the highest API of any school in Solano County. 

       In 2013, FSUSD had 59% of our students proficient or above in English Language Arts, up from 51% in 2009. We are above the statewide average of 57%.

       In 2013, FSUSD’s mathematics proficiency is at 62%, up from 50% in 2009.  We are above the statewide average of 60%.

       Our 2013 Cohort Graduation Rate is at 87.58 which is significantly above the Statewide Cohort Graduation Rate of 78.73.

       In 2009, FSUSD had the fourth highest API in the county and was trailing first place by 92 points.  Currently, we are third in the county and trailing first place by 62 points.

       This past year, we recognized 276 students with perfect scores of 600. This was 88 more than in 2009.

       Our Governing Board recently recognized 18 students who scored double perfect 600s on the 2013 CSTs.  This compares to 6 students who achieved double 600s in 2009.

       Since 2011, our high school average attendance rate has increased from 92.84% to 94.51%.  Our district’s overall attendance rate has increased from 94.39% to 95.22%. 

 

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is definitely on the rise.  We are extremely proud of our accomplishments and look forward to fully implementing the Common Core State Standards.  Although many of our students will actually miss the annual CSTs, we are geared for success with our new assessments.  Our goal is to prepare every student to be college and career ready upon graduation.

 

Kris Corey

Superintendent

 
 Superintendent Kris Corey

 

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