Kelseyville Unified School District
November 18, 2011
This is a series of articles highlighting Lake County Schools and Districts that showed an increase in their Academic Performance Index (API) in 2011. The Academic Performance Index is a numeric assignment given to each school based upon individual student testing scores in the areas of science, math, English and history. Students are tested each year, and their scores fall into one of five categories: advanced, proficient, basic, below basic, and far below basic. The yearly STAR testing system and the high school exit exam are the tests used to assess each school’s performance, and these tests are part of the California standards that allow the state to meet the requirements for the 2001 Federal law known as No Child Left Behind.
Kelseyville High School is celebrating a 54 point increase in their API score over 2010 test results, and principal, Matt Cockerton, gives the ultimate credit for this success to the students of KVHS. Cockerton who has been with the Kelseyville Unified School District for over 20 years, calls this achievement a “top-down project that started with the board and superintendent.” The Kelseyville School Board, along with Superintendent Dave McQueen set a goal to improve test scores and the KVHS staff really bought in. This enthusiasm trickled down to students and parents, and the entire school community began working on this unified goal.
Cockerton also credits support from Tim Gill and Stephanie Wayment at Lake County Office of Education. Tim Gill, Senior Director of Educational Services, has been supporting the school for a number of years, and last year the light really turned on for a lot of teachers, and they began to see results from the techniques and strategies he provided.
School staff also used fun strategies like writing all the Lake County high school scores on the concrete in the high school walk ways so students had to constantly see their test scores compared to other schools. At first the students were a little upset to see their scores, but then they started to feel a little competition and enthusiasm started to increase.
Cockerton is excited about the momentum that is already increasing for this year. Staff and leadership are already talking about how they can continue to improve their strategies to build on this success. He shares, “We are not where we want to be, and we still have a long way to go; but we are very proud of this achievement. It’s not any one person who is responsible for this success. Our entire staff worked very hard, and I’m very proud to be the principal of Kelseyville High.”
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