The *Real* San Carlos Schools Test Scores

Posted on 10 February 2010 by vvandervort

San Carlos Test Scores

This morning the San Carlos Educational Foundation (of which I’m a proud Sponsor of) put on a presentation to the Realtor community and included this exceptionally informative slide of San Carlos schools test scores. You can click on the image to get a larger version of it.  The San Carlos Real Estate Blog may be the only place you can get this information because the San Carlos school district is uncomfortable posting this information, which I can certainly understand.  What they did in order to get this data was to only use the test scores of those students who live in San Carlos and those that are “typical” (meaning not special ed).  This takes out students who come into San Carlos for schooling from other cities anywhere in the Bay Area and also those that are in the special ed program.

Let’s look at what the API scores of Arundel, Brittan Acres, Heather, and White Oaks are that include the entire student body.

Arundel – 917

Brittan Acres – 907

Heather – 861

White Oaks – 913

Now when you look at the scores of just the “typical” San Carlos resident students, you get these numbers:

Arundel – 933

Brittan Acres – 929

Heather – 929

White Oaks – 930

Where you see the largest difference in scores between the entire student body and the “filtered” student body is at Heather Elementary and that is where English as a Second Language students go and most of that population is not residing here in San Carlos.

Here’s what Craig Baker, the superintendent of the San Carlos schools, pointed out about this data.  First, the difference between the numbers of the various schools when you look at just the San Carlos residents is insignificant.  The difference between the highest score (933) and the lowest (929) is only 4 and that does not make for a statistically different test score (remember the good old days of statistics class?).  Second, if people have a concern that by sending their child to Heather Elementary, that the child will not do as well, that fear is unfounded.

I have stated before on my blog and here’s a great opportunity to say it again… San Carlos is one lucky and desirable city because if there is not room for you in your nearest school and you do end up having to go to another school in the district, you are going to get another phenomenal school.  This cannot be said of our neighboring cities.

This information needs to get out around our community so that people stop spreading the myth that one school is better than another here in San Carlos and quite specifically, that Heather Elementary is a less desirable school.  Please forward this to others in our community to learn from.

9 Comments For This Post

  1. Lottie Kendall Says:

    Hi Val,

    You wrote a masterful recap of this morning’s meeting. Kudos to you for bringing great information to your readers.

  2. Marni Rubin Says:

    Thanks for posting this surprising and enlightening info. Very interesting!!

  3. connie voos Says:

    Thanks for sharing this info. Very interesting.

  4. Holly Jauch Says:

    Thanks, Val. This is really great information and validates all the positive feedback I have gotten about Heather from parents of kids at Heather and the principal there.

  5. Marci Says:

    thanks Val, great information.

  6. Linda Says:

    Great information, Val. Thanks for sharing. All of the San Carlos schools are amazing. And I really appreciate your support of SCEF. With the budget cuts that the schools are facing, we need all of the help we can get to keep the schools great!

  7. Chris Says:

    I have never been worried about the school itself. I agree all schools in SC are good and with proper parenting a child will do well even in a poor school. What concerns me is that we are in walking distance to White Oaks right now. My wife could have put our kids in a stroller and walk my son to school. Now she will have to drive across town. That makes no sense to me.

  8. Chris Says:

    I have never been worried about the school itself. I agree all schools in SC are good and with proper parenting a child will do well even in a poor school. What concerns me is that we are in walking distance to White Oaks right now. My wife could have put our kids in a stroller and walked my son to school. Now with the new redistricting, she will have to drive across town. That makes no sense to me.

  9. Susannah Says:

    Thank you for posting this great info. I have not seen this information presented in this way, but my daughter went to both Heather and Arundel and they are both wonderful schools with great teachers, a very similar curriculum and caring families. We are so lucky to live in such a great community that really cares about supporting our schools. I feel really fortunate to live in San Carlos, and I am glad SCEF is funding all schools equally since they are all fantastic schools! Without SCEF our schools would not be receiving such high test scores, which keeps property values high. Please support our education foundation! Thank you.

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