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Student Achievement and Academic Accountability

Academic Progress Index (API)



Student achievement has been measured primarily on the Academic Performance Index (API), based primarily on the results of the STAR exams in grades 2-11.


Over the past four years, Fowler Unified has…

· Increased its overall API by 40 points

· Had every school show improvement in student achievement as demonstrated by their growth in their API:


Marshall Elementary School from 761 to 861

Malaga Elementary School from 785 to 806 (peak of 832)

Fremont Elementary School from 784 to 792 (peak of 811)

Sutter Middle School from 704 to 784 (peak of 798)

Fowler High School from 747 to 755 (peak of 758)


In 2012- 2013, school districts throughout California had a 2% DECREASE in their overall API (based on Spring 2013 STAR tests)

Fowler Unified had a decrease of slightly less than 1% in 2012-13


Student achievement will be measured differently beginning in 2014-15, using new tests and additional measures – including high school graduation rates – to determine API.

·        Fowler High School has the highest graduation rate of any high school in Fresno County (98%) – based on 4-year statistics from 2008-09 to 2011-12. 

Students will take NEW tests based on the NEW California Common Core State Standards beginning in spring 2015 (next school year).

This is a significant change in the way students are expected to perform and the way teachers will provide instruction. A shift of this magnitude requires more than an 8-month commitment, which is why Fowler Unified School District began transitioning to Common Core in 2012. This change is most noticeable in math, where computation skills are emphasized on the STAR tests, but Common Core assesses critical thinking skills. However, English Language Arts also has significant changes, mostly with a greater emphasis on informational text rather than literature. As this transition takes place in Fowler Unified and across the state, instruction must match the rigor of the assessments; and this will be reflected in a new state student evaluation method, unlike the traditional test scores, while this transition takes place, beginning in 2014-15.