O’Connell High’s Test Score Gains Are Top in District
John O’Connell High School student Damonni Minor’s favorite subjects are math and science, although her grades don’t always reflect her enthusiasm. “I think homework is pointless," said Minor, who gets mostly C's. "I already know the material." But now, thanks to a new program at John O’Connell, students like Minor who perform well on the California Standards Test can receive a bump in their classroom grades as well. The program gives students a reason to care about the test that has been used since 1999 as a measure of academic performance. Principal Mark Alvarado attributes the spike in John O’Connell’s 2012 Academic Performance Index (API) to the school's Bump it Up program, which gives students like Minor an incentive to do their best. O’Connell’s API score grew 71 points this year – the biggest gain in the San Francisco Unified School District and the third best in the state. As a school district, San Francisco this year surpassed ...
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