Two media publications have recently reported our schools State Accountability grades as “C”. This is not accurate and we are currently working with ADE to correct problems with the data they recorded. Both schools letter grades are still “pending,”as a residual effect of last year’s data being reported under the wrong entity ID number. Because half of a school’s grades come from how the scholars did the previous year,obviously,last year’s data being accurate is a must. We have isolated the incorrect data to one grade level and our ELL students. We have been working diligently with ADE to make sure the TOPA grade is an accurate reflection of what our scholars achieved. We are optimistic that the data will be corrected,ADE has been very responsive and helpful,as it is in their best interest to have accurate grades calculated. However,if this cannot be done,we accept the grades and move on,constantly trying to improve.
You as TOPA parents understand more than most that data is subjective and a mere snapshot of a student and a school. TOPA is so much more than a letter grade just as your scholar is so much more than a test grade. TOPA will never deviate from our core value that “growth is not measured by test scores.” While most schools obsess with test scores and data, TOPA adds outdoor classrooms and more fine arts classes. We take pride in the fact that our scholars hold their own against other schools who spend the majority of their day on test prep while our scholars engage in a full,well-rounded rich curriculum. We are also confident that our teaching staff,along with the IB Curriculum will set your child on a path that not only prepares to be college ready,but also springboards them to launch as a global citizen in an international market.
For your convenience,our AIMS scores are available on our website: www.odyprep.com/studentparent-resources/download-forms/ along with comparison reports of local schools for you view. For more specific questions,feel free to contact us. A retraction to the incorrect data will be in Friday’s edition of West Valley View.