California SAT scores 2011-2016

SAT scores for the 2015-2016 school year were based on a new scoring system that totals 1,600, as determined by The College Board, a nonprofit higher education preparedness organization that administers the test and provides data to education departments.

The new sections are the Evidence-Based Reading & Writing (ERW) and Math, and scores for each range between 200 to 800. Previously, the SAT test had three sections: Math, Critical Reading and Writing, for a total possible score of 2,400.

For the 2015-2016 school year, The College Board identified the pass rate as students who achieve ERW SAT scores at or above 480, and Math SAT scores at or above 530. Students who met this benchmark were considered college- and career-ready.

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Source: California Department of Education

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by Brad Racino & Brandon Quester | May 15, 2017

When Vincent Riveroll swings an outsized bell to signal the start of the school day at Gompers Preparatory Academy, the director is sending a powerful message to the students and the community. Our kids are valued. Our kids can do it. Our kids are college bound.

It's taken 12 years to advance from a near state takeover of the underperforming, drug- and gang-ridden middle school in southeastern San Diego to a charter high school that promises "students can succeed at the university of their choice.”

Politicians, parents, philanthropists and news outlets in San Diego have praised the school’s cultural and academic transformation. The nonprofit has garnered nearly $75 million in government grants and private contributions since it forged a path from the San Diego Unified School District in 2005.

Riveroll lives and breathes the Gompers culture he helped birth, carting kids to and from tutoring sessions, movies, field trips to Disneyland and visits to colleges. “Tuck in your shirt, please,” he tells one student shortly after welcoming another to the 26-acre campus where gates once served to contain outbreaks of frequent violence.

The spotless grounds erupt with a song and dance routine – Riveroll at the lead – every Friday morning.

Teachers who have worked with 48-year old Riveroll say he’s an inspiring leader, a visionary with extraordinary charisma and passion. Parents adore the man who has been named “Teacher of the Year,” “Educator of the Year” and selected as one of four principals nationwide to participate in the Public Education Leadership Program at Harvard University.

Yet data, documents and interviews contradict the Gompers brand of preparing every student for college. Gompers’ standardized test scores — one metric for college acceptance — are at the bottom of schools in both San Diego County and California, but these numbers are offset by students’ straight A grades with courses in precalculus, advanced biology and AP history.

Read the full story here.

Photos by Brandon Quester | inewsource

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