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Montalvo Elementary School4
Posted October 12, 2012
- a community member
My grandchildren attend this TWI school and seem to be doing just fine as well as eager to learn. Why is the API score for Montalvo only 4 of 10. Is there a way to understand why the score is that low?
Last API test scores for white subgroups was 899. This is huge considering many are in twi learning in classrooms where the greater percentage of learning is done in a second language. Does this make the kids who attend Montalvo actually smarter than those with APIs of, for example, 936, like Mound, who are practically all white and there is no second language barrier, or Pierpont, which is not just practically white, but all white? Also, if my daughter goes to Montalvo, not only will she be getting high test scores, she will become highly proficient in a second language at the same time.
Bilingual Program! What a great way to learn! Also - The Montalvo Bilingual Program brings together motivated parents and motivated teachers, resulting in children who are motivated to learn and excel, plus have a lot of fun and a great community. Kudos to principal Dr. Dean and her staff.
This school has made it out of Program improvement due to the fact that over 100 students left over 2 years. The reduction of tests scores counted in the Data with a 90% participation in outside private tutoring accomplished the goals and made it look like the school improved. Don't be fooled, 68% of the 5th graders went to Middle school unprepared and non proficient. The NCLB targets were met but has the school really improved? Experienced but very frustrated teachers have moved on due to t he lack of support from the administration. The TWI program has not succeeded in producing bilingual children proficient in both languages as promised. If you love your child, avoid this school at all costs! Make the effort to read and understand the DATA and don't be fooled!