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Richmond Schools Post Impressive Gains In Test Scores
October 19, 2001
Thirty-three out of 50 schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District improved their overall school wide Academic Performance Index (API) numbers in the 2001 API growth reports released Monday by the California Department of Education (see attachment).

Overall, 26 of 39 elementary schools met their school wide growth targets, along with three of five middle schools. While no high schools met their growth targets, Kennedy High School came closest to doing so by posting an increase of 20 points. Kennedy fell shy of its growth target by one point and recorded the highest growth of all high schools.

Coronado Elementary School in Richmond led the entire Bay Area by posting a gain of 109 points on this year's API growth report - and coming in 24th in the state. Over the two years that API growth has been measured, Coronado has gained 162 points.

Other schools increasing their API scores by more than 100 points over the past two years include Hercules, Lake, Lincoln, Montalvin, Riverside, and Stege elementary schools.

Schools who have met their growth targets for both 1999-00 and 2000-01 include Bayview, Castro, Collins, Coronado, Ellerhorst, Fairmont, Ford, Grant, Hanna Ranch, Hercules, Highland, Kensington, Lake, Lincoln, Mira Vista, Montalvin, Murphy, Ohlone, Olinda, Riverside, Sheldon, Tara Hills, Valley View, and Washington elementary schools. Crespi, Helms, and Pinole middle schools also met their schoolwide growth targets for both years.

Schools that are eligible for state awards this year are Bayview, Collins, Coronado, Downer, Fairmont, Grant, Hercules, Highland, Kensington, Lake, Lincoln, Montalvin, and Sheldon elementary schools; and Helms and Pinole middle schools.