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Rowland Unified Continues Growth on State Academic Accountability Reports



ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA – SEPTEMBER 15, 2009 – Today the state released the 2008-09 Accountability Progress Report (APR), which includes the Academic Performance Index (API) and the federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report for academic growth for schools. Rowland Unified School District continued to demonstrate growth in both AYP and API results. Both the API and AYP are based upon statewide assessment results from the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program and from the California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE).

            For the fifth year in a row, Rowland Unified increased its API score for a total gain of 47 points. The District continues to outperform the State and County, with a 2009 Growth API score of 778. Schools across Rowland also continue to perform at high levels, with many near the state’s target score of 800, such as Rowland High School with an API score of 795 and Rorimer Elementary with a score of 794. Six schools scored above 800 and the three highest received an API score above 900: Blandford Elementary with a score of 920, Oswalt Academy with 904 and Shelyn Elementary with a score of 905.

            Superintendent Dr. Maria Ott attributes the continued growth in API to the hard work of district staff and the strong support from parents and the community. “The No Child Left Behind accountability system has serious flaws because it does not recognize the continued year to year growth that you see in the state’s API scores,” said Ott. “We will continue our efforts to close the achievement gap so that all students realize their fullest potential.”


State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said in a prepared statement., “Under the federal system, the percentage of students who must meet proficiency has increased significantly this year. Many schools, while still making real academic gains, have fallen short on the federal measure.”

            Rowland Unified’s district wide target for AYP has been made every year for the past five years, with an increase of 14.1%. However, some schools missed making their AYP targets due to the sharp increase in the federal criteria of 11 percentage points over the 2008 target. Statewide 51% of schools reached the new federal target for 2009.

Reports will be updated in November 2009, and again in February 2010. All reports and data files are available through the State APR Web page at


The Rowland Unified School District is proud to serve 17,500 students at 23 elementary and secondary schools in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina. Permits allow students from other communities to attend our schools. More than 5,000 adults (16+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School.

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