|Data courtesy Sonoma Valley Unified School District &|
California Department of Education
available online at http://data1.cde.ca.gov/dataquest/
The findings discussed were relatively straightforward. As of the end of the 1st Semester of 2014-15, 136 Sonoma Valley High School seniors are on track to complete the A-G requirements, with a C- or better. With the exception of St. Helena, whose per-pupil expenditures are approximately $17,590 per students versus the ~$9,389 spent in Sonoma Valley, SVUSD consistently rates as the highest performing District in the area amongst those with 100 graduates per year or more.
Further, since creating Freshman Teams, Sonoma Valley Unified has moved the majority of its students into the college-potential category as of the end of freshman year, nearly doubling the number in the top tier. The change in performance is not attributable to either grade inflation or weighting, although there has been a recent substantial increase in students taking advanced coursework. Should the general performance of the 2010-2011 freshmen (~90% of 3.5 A-G complete three years later, ~50% of 3.0+ A-G complete three years later) be replicated amongst the 2013-14 freshmen when they are seniors, SVUSD’s A-G rate in 2016-2017 would be expected to demonstrate further growth to the neighborhood of 51.9%.
It's kind of dry to read on a page. Seeing it discussed amongst the Trustees, the Superintendent, Sonoma Valley High's Principal, the Student Trustee, and our County Office of Education Representative is another matter entirely. The video is about 29 minutes long, but if you're interested in education in general, I recommend it to you. And yes, that's me you see speaking from the podium.