2016 Year in Review

It has been just over 300 days since I started this blog, and in that time, I have written 95 posts. I started it as a dinky little Tumblr account, and have grown into a full-on Blog. And while I started by just sharing this with my students and friends, there are now people, whom I have never […]

Is the Core Index correlated to the API score?

One of the critiques of the API score used for over 10 years was that it only focused on test scores to rank schools. In reaction, the new Core Index score is only 60% based on test scores, while 40% is based on other factors like English Learner progress, absenteeism and suspensions. Yet, in previous […]

Do span schools outperform traditionally leveled schools?

Source: Coredistricts.org Index File (http://coredistricts.org/core-index/download-index-file/) Span schools are alternative style schools to the traditional grade breakup of schools (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12). In the California Core Districts Database (which includes Los Angeles, Fresno, San Francisco, Long Beach and Santa Ana) there are three types of span schools: There are fifteen K-8 schools, eleven K-12 schools […]