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State of the Schools: 2011-2012

Contents:

Demographics

Contra Costa County Statistics
Student Enrollment Growth
Schools Ethnic Makeup
County's Changing Student Population
English Language Learner (ELL) Students Up Since 1995

Accountability

Academic Performance Index (API)
Williams Case Summary

Accomplishments

College Bound UC/CSU Course Completion
County's Advanced Placement (AP) Rates Well Above National Average
UC Subject “A” Writing Test
Contra Costa County’s California Distinguished Schools
Contra Costa County’s Teachers of The Year

Funding

CA School Funding Sources
CA Per Pupil Expenditures

How California Ranks Nationally

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Demographics

Contra Costa County Statistics

Number of Public School Students
K-12 plus ungraded sections

169,394

Number of Districts (including COE)

19

Number of Schools

271

Number of Teachers

7,942

Student to Teacher Ratio

23:1

Average Class Size

26.4

Average Teacher Salary (2008-2009)

$60,748

Expense of Education Per ADA* (2010-2011)

$8,205

*Average Daily Attendance

 

Private School Enrollment (2008-2009)

16,274

Percentage of Students in Private School

8.8%

Classified Staff

6,741

Source: California Department of Education (CDE), 2011-12
Contra Costa Office of Education (CCCOE) 2010-11

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Student Enrollment Growth

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2010 2011
Enrollment 165,785 166,102 166,772 166,958 168,228 169,394
Increase over
previous year
-.14% .19% .40% .11% .76% .69%

Source: CDE

Enrollment: Special Programs

  County
2010-2011
% of
Enrollment
% of State Enrollment
Special Education 19,550 11.62% 10.9%
Free/Reduced Meals 61,794 36.7% 56.7%
ELL (English Language Learners) 29,149 17.8% 24.0%
Alternative Education (Continuation, Community Based, Opportunity, Magnet Prgenant/Parenting, Independent Study) 14,176 8.4% 11.5%
GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) 10,786 (2008-09) 6.4% 8.6%

Source: CDE Dataquest 2010-11

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Schools Ethnic Makeup

Ethnicity Contra Costa County California
Latino 32.09% 49.00%
White 36.94% 27.90%
African American 10.55% 7.3%
Asian 10.75% 8.40%
Filipino 4.14% 2.70%
American Indian .4% 0.70%
Pacific Islander .7% 0.60%
Multiple Response/None 4.46% 3.40%

Source: CDE Dataquest 2011-12

County's Changing Student Population

  1987 2010 Increase since 1987
Number of Students 118,311 168,228 42%
ELL Students 5,705 29,149 411%

Source: CDE Dataquest 2010-11
ELL population number for 2010-11

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English Language Learner (ELL) Students Up Since 1995

Language 1995-1996 2010-11 % Change
Spanish 8,931 23,223 160%
Filipino (Tagalog) 637 805 26.3%
Vietnamese 526 490 -6.8%
Punjabi

233 379 62.6%
Farsi (Persian) 247 434 75.7%
All other 2,745 3,818 39%
Total ELL 13,319 29,149 118.8%

Source: CDE, Ed-data 2010-11

Accountability

Academic Performance Index (API)

API is the cornerstone of the Public Schools Accountability Act.

The API uses the following assessments:

  • CA Standards Tests in English Language Arts, Math, Science, History/Social Sciences, Grades 2-11
  • CAT/6, Grades 3 & 7 only, English Language Arts, Math (Norm-referenced test)
  • CA High School Exit Exam
  • Additional criteria, onle developed and deemed valid and reliable, will be added in the future

Source: Lining Up Public Schools: California’s API, May 2006

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Academic Performance Scale

API scores are based on a scale of 200-1,000, with 800 being the statewide target.

  State Index County
High API 993 977
Low API 378 515

Source: CDE DataQuest


API Growth Targets

The following districts in Contra Costa County had all of their schools at an 800 API or above:

  • Acalanes Union High School District
  • Canyon Elementary School District
  • Knightsen School District
  • Lafayette School District
  • Martinez Unified School District
  • Moraga School District
  • Orinda Union School District
  • San Ramon Valley Unified School District
  • Walnut Creek School District

Source: CDE DataQuest CPI Base 2010-11


No Child Left Behind

  • Reauthorization of Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act NCLB 2001
  • Strengthens federal pressure on states—standards based reform
  • NCLB touches every area of CA education policy
  • Requires 100% of students to meet state definition of academically “proficient” by 2014
  • Testing required 95% of 3rd-8th graders in reading and math by 2005-2006
  • By June 2006, all teachers meet “highly qualified” definition
  • Parent choice to transfer students
  • Publicize school report cards (SARCS) by 2005-06

Williams Case Summary

Williams class action lawsuit settled August 2004
New laws seek to ensure all students have:

  • Access to standards-aligned instruction materials and textbooks
  • Access to school facilities that are clean, safe and functional
  • Teachers are properly assigned and credentialed

Focus is on schools in deciles 1-3, of the 2009 API
(original settlement based on 2003 API)

In Contra Costa 63 schools in 6 districts are subject to Williams (2011)

Role for County Superintendent, to monitor and report on results

State funding allocated

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Accomplishments

Career Technical Education in Contra Costa County

ROP (Regional Occupational Program):

  • Serves 12,000 students at 33 high schools in Contra Costa and Alameda
  • Over 60 rigorous standards-based courses from Accounting to Web Design
  • 38 UC-approved “a-g” courses from Advanced Architectural Design to Veterinary Science
  • Key industry partners
  • Industry internship opportunities
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
  • Courses include CA State Academic Standards and Career Technical Education Standards, as well as, industry standards.
  • Industry Advisory Committees review courses annually

College Bound UC/CSU Course Completion

Percent of graduates completing A-G college preparation course sequence

  2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2010
CC County 42.4% 39.9% 40.4% 37.3% 39.8% 43.8% 36.5% 40.3%
CA 34.6% 33.4% 34.1% 35.2% 35.9% 35.5% 33.9% 36.3%

The six components labeled a-g include: two years of social science, four years of English, three years of mathematics, two years of laboratory science, two years of a foreign language, and two years of college preparatory elective courses.

Source: CDE DataQuest

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Graduates

  12th Grade Enrollment 12the Grade Graduates
County 12,605 11,136 (88.5%)
State 477,885 405,087 (84.7%)

 

  SAT Results - County SAT Results - State
Students Tested 5,114 158,666
Seniors Tested 40.87% 33.36%
Average Score 1,631 1,521
Total >= 1500 66.31% 50.95%

Source: CDE DataQuest 2009-10


County's Advanced Placement (AP) Rates Well Above National Average

Contra Costa County

  • Enrollment, Grades 11 & 12
  • Enrollment, Grade 12
  • Exams Takers
    • Exams Score = 3*
    • Exams Score = 4
    • Exams Score = 5

25,228
12,513
6,940
2,641
2,712
2,754

*Students receive college credit for AP exams passed with scores of “3” or higher on a scale of 1 to 5.

Source: CDE, DataQuest 2009-10

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California High School Exit Examination

  Mathematics (County) Mathematics (State)
Students Tested * 12,721 473,428
Students Passed 10,644 391,519
Percent Passed 84% 82%

 

  English Language Arts (County) English Language Arts (State)
Students Tested * 12,837 475,801
Students Passed 10,843 391,967
Percent Passed 84% 82%

*10th graders

Source: CDE DataQuest 2010-11


Contra Costa County’s California Distinguished Schools for 2012

Byron Union Elementary

  • Discovery Bay Elementary
  • Timber Point Elementary

Martinez Unified

  • John Swett Elementary
  • Morello Park Elementary

Mt. Diablo Unified

  • Highlands Elementary

Pittsburg Unified

  • Los Medanos Elementary

West Contra Costa Unified

  • Hanna Ranch Elementary
  • Olinda Elementary

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Contra Costa County’s Teachers of The Year 2013-14

  • Sandy Ball, Walnut Creek SD, Parkmead Elementary
  • Erin Clark, Antioch USD, Sutter Elementary
  • Lloyd Cornwell, Liberty Union High SD, Liberty High
  • Sherry Diestler, Contra Costa Community College District
  • Cindy Egan, San Ramon Valley USD, San Ramon Valley High (Finalist)
  • Cooper Howard, Lafayette SD, Stanley Middle
  • Lois Laza, Knightsen ESD, Knightsen Elementary
  • Beth Levine, West Contra Costa USD, Montalvin Manor Elementary (Finalist)
  • Kim Lockett, Moraga SD, Joaquin Moraga Int.h
  • Melanie Long, Oakley Union ESD, Delta Vista Middle
  • Therese Long, Orinda Union SD, Sleepy Hollow Elementary
  • Nita Madra, Acalanes UHSD, Campolindo High
  • Steve Mainini, West Contra Costa USD, Kennedy High
  • Jennifer Martinez, CCCOE, CTE/ROP Clinical Medical
  • Shannon Morton, Brentwood Union SD, Brentwood Elementary
  • Vincent Pitzulo, John Swett USD, John Swett High
  • Shannon Prichard, Mount Diablo USD, Monte Gardens Elementary
  • Carissa Sugden, Mount Diablo USD, El Monte Elementary (Finalist)
  • Jeanne Turner, Byron Union SD, Excelsior Middle
  • Miranda Viechec-Lingbaoan, Pittsburg USD, Heights Elementary
  • Kitty West, Martinez USD, Las Juntas Elementary
  • Nicholas Zefeldt, San Ramon Valley USD, Live Oak Elementary (Finalist)

 

Funding

CA School Funding Sources

Total Revenues for K-12 Education
  2007-08 (Billions) 2010-11 (Billions)
State Proposition 98 Funds $37.8 53.1% $32.0 49.6%
Local Proposition 98 Funds 12.6 17.7% 11.5 17.9%
Federal Government (ongoing and one-time stimulus funding) 6.4 9.0% 8.0* 12.4%
Local Miscellaneous 5.2 7.3% 4.4 6.8%
State Lottery 0.9 1.2% 0.8 1.2%
Subtotal $62.9   $56.7  
Non-Proposition 98 State Funds† 5.6 7.9% 4.7 7.2%
Non-Proposition 98 Local Property Taxes† 2.7 3.8% 3.1 4.9%
Total $71.1   $64.4  

Notes: 1) The amounts above include more than $2 billion each year for services to school-age children outside regular K-12 school agencies (such as child care programs) and to individuals not part of the K-12 population but served by school agencies (such as students in adult education). 2) Due to rounding, the dollars from each source may not add to the total, and percentages may not equal 100 and may not match calculations based on unrounded numbers.

* Includes more than $1 billion in stimulus funds. The specific amount is difficult to determine because stimulus funds have been distributed to states in unequal installments since spring 2009 and have been available for use in multiple years.

† The state counts non-Proposition 98 state and local funds as part of total education funding. The local portion is mostly debt service ($2.5 billion in 2010-11), and the state portion includes bond repayments and spending for state education agencies and programs.
Data: California Department of Education (CDE), 11/10

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CA Per Pupil Expenditure Moves 2009-10 by Enrollment

Three Highest
New Jersey $16,967
New York $16,922
Vermont $16,308
U.S. Average
U.S. Average $10,586
California's Relative Position (42nd)
Florida (41) $8,963
California (42) $8,846
N. Dakota (43) $8,541
Three Lowest (49th - 51st)
Mississippi (49) $7,752
Utah (50) $6,859
Arizona (51) $6,170

Source: National Education Association, “Rankings and Estimates, December 2009 Update.”

 

HOW CALIFORNIA RANKS NATIONALLY

1st

Number of Students Enrolled (CA has 6,234,244; US enrollment is 49,141,467 in 2009 (23.7% of CA enrollment is ELL; 9.3% of US enrollment is ELL)

3rd

Teacher Salaries (CA average is $68,203; US average is $55,202)

10th

Per Capita Personal Income (CA average is $44,038 in 2008; US average is $40,673)

42nd

Per Pupil Expenditures (CA average is $8,846; US average is $10,586)

36th

Expenditures for Public Schools Per $1,000 Personal Income
(CA average is $38 per $1,000; US average is $40)

48th

Principals Per Students (CA 2.3 per 1000; US 3.2 per 1000)

50th

Teachers Per Students (CA 48 per 1000; US 65.4 per 1000)

51st

Guidance Counselors Per Students (CA 1.2 per 1000; US 2.2 per 1000)

51st

Librarians Per Students (CA 0.2 per 1000; US 1.1 per 1000)

(Except as noted, data is for 2008-09 and includes the 50 states and the District of Columbia.)

Source: EdSource, California Rankings

 

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