Miramar Ranch Elementary School’s enrollment will increase because it will retain its 5th grade class and become a K-6 school in the fall. Dingeman Elementary School will continue to be a K- 6 school and will see a small decline in its enrollment. The 5th grade students at Jerabek and Ellen Browning Scripps elementary schools will continue to move to Marshall Middle School and become the 6th grade class there.
Enrollment at Jerabek is stable, and enrollment at EBS continues to grow. Marshall will see a decline in enrollment due to the reduction in the number of 6th grade students in September. There will be significant growth at the high school next year. This is attributed to residential growth of about 100 students, 50 students from Lincoln High School, which will close temporarily as the school is rebuilt, and about 180 nonresident students from the Voluntary Ethnic Enrollment Program (VEEP), Choice, and No Child Left Behind applications. With the additional classrooms recently built at the high school, the capacity of the school is approximately 2,600 students.
David Cochrane, a SRHS vice principal, and Roger Engle, the SRHS resource teacher for testing, came to our meeting to discuss recent test scores at the high school. This was very informational, and we really appreciate the time they took to explain the results. The 2003 Baseline API score was 753. This score will be used to measure improvement when the spring 2003 STAR test results are released in August.
The score is now calculated using 73% for the California Standards Tests, 15% for the high school exit exam, and 12% for the norm-referenced test–which used to be SAT-9 and is now CAT-6. The goal is to be over 800, and, therefore, the high school still has room for improvement. It was noted that the rating with "similar schools" may not be a very valid measurement.
Local high schools such as Coronado, Torrey Pines, Poway, and San Dieguito do not have the same demographics as SRHS. SRHS serves 13 elementary schools, only four of which are from Scripps Ranch. Serving many students from mid-city provides diversity, but also provides a higher mix of minority and socio-economically disadvantaged students, which affects test scores. Our VEEP students are performing better than their peers at other schools.
Another issue at the high school is impressing upon the students to take the test seriously. A few years ago, 118 students–many of the best students who were enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) classes–opted out of the test. They chose to attend AP review classes offered during the testing time to seniors, who do not take the standardized tests.
It was noted that a $1,000 scholarship for California colleges for those who score in the top 5% of the state or the top 10% at the school was a good incentive and, hopefully, will help the students take the test more seriously. From the spring 2002 testing, 184 SRHS students received this award. The latest SAT scores were good compared to the district, the state, and the nation.
ACT test scores were similar. SRHS students are also performing well on the AP tests. In 2002, 471 students took AP tests. The pass rate rose from 50% to 70% and has been maintained for three years. About 50% of students attend four-year colleges, and 40-45% of students attend a community, trade, or technical school after graduation. Overall, our students are doing well on the tests.
The discussion then switched to the amount of time devoted to testing at all grade levels. It was the general opinion that way too much time and emphasis is spent on testing at all levels. Some of the testing for young students–1st and 2nd grade–is way out of line. This is a state issue, as all the testing is mandated by the state. The total testing time for the high school this year was 10 hours, and it was taken out of English class time.
Jerabek had been informed that bell times would change next year to 9:20 am and 3:45 pm. The parents and teachers generally felt this is much too late to start and end elementary school for numerous reasons. The committee unanimously agreed with this and agreed to have the committee’s name on the letter of objection being drafted by the Jerabek governance team. The district responded and the ending time was moved back to 3:35 pm. This is the earliest possible time given the bus schedules.
The status of the new middle school was discussed. The Marshall Facilities Finance Committee has looked at the financial funds available in Scripps Ranch, but is awaiting cost estimates, including shortfalls, before approaching the community to discuss the use of community-controlled funds. The design task force is done; we are awaiting final square footage from the architect. The negotiations continue on the purchase of the property. Other issues, such as traffic and roads, are still being looked into.