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Loaded new version of 2007 STAR data – October 17, 2007
JFTK-CA staff loaded the latest version of the 2007 STAR data released by CDE.
2007 CBEE/JFTK-CA Honor Roll Announced – October 15, 2007
California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) Foundation and Just for the Kids-California (JFTK- CA) announced today the schools named to their 2007 Honor Roll. Honor Roll schools are named annually. The 2007 Honor Roll includes 569 California public elementary, middle and high schools that have been recognized by California’s business community for having demonstrated consistent high student academic achievement and have made significant progress toward closing achievement gaps among all their students. The Honor Roll is made up of two different awards, the Star Schools Award (126 schools) and Scholar Schools Award (443 schools). A full list of the Honor Roll schools, sorted alphabetically by county, can be found at http://www.cbeefoundation.org/.
2007 AYP/API Data Loaded – August 31, 2007
JFTK-CA has loaded the 2007 AYP/API data released today by the California Department of Education. In addition to the updated charts on our site, we have also updated our AYP vs. API comparison at http://jftk-ca.org/aypvsapi with this year’s data.
2007 STAR Data Loaded – August 15, 2007
JFTK-CA has loaded the 2007 STAR Data released today by the California Department of Education. In addition to the updated charts on our site, we have also updated our STAR Year by Year comparison at http://jftk-ca.org/star with this additional year of data.
2007 Data Collection Underway – August 7, 2007
JFTK-CA has begun collecting 2007 STAR, enrollment and CAHSEE data from its volunteer school districts. CDE should be releasing 2007 STAR public files on August 15, 2007 CAHSEE public files on August 23, and 2007 AYP public files on August 30th. The JFTK-CA staff will work quickly to get the new public data loaded as soon as it is available. Once that work is complete, the loading of volunteer district data will begin.
2006 EAP Data Updated – April 11, 2007
JFTK-CA has loaded updated 2006 Early Assessment Program results on the web site.
2006 CST Data Updated – March 15, 2007
JFTK-CA has loaded updated 2006 California Standards Test results on the web site.
2006 EAP Data Loaded – December 6, 2006
JFTK-CA has loaded the 2006 Early Assessment Program results on the web site.
Updated 2006 STAR, AYP Data Loaded and Demographic Data Loaded – November 20, 2006
CDE released updated versions of its STAR and AYP public datasets. They also released the free/reduced lunch demographic data. These new datasets have been loaded on the JFTK-CA website.
CBEE Foundation and Just for the Kids name 304 Honor Roll schools – October 16, 2006
California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) Foundation and Just for the Kids-California (JFTK- CA) announced today the schools named to their 2006 Honor Roll. Honor Roll schools are named annually. The 2006 Honor Roll includes 304 California public elementary, middle and high schools that have been recognized by California’s business community for having demonstrated consistent high student academic achievement and have made significant progress toward closing achievement gaps among all their students. The Honor Roll is made up of two different awards, the Star Schools Award (100 schools) and Scholar Schools Award (204 schools). A full list of the Honor Roll schools, sorted alphabetically by county, can be found at http://www.cbeefoundation.org/.
2006 AYP Data Loaded – August 30, 2006
Today, CDE release the initial public AYP Data and the data was loaded on the JFTK-CA web site. As a result, the AYP subgroup and AYP summary charts now reflect the 2006 data.
2006 STAR Data Loaded – August 15, 2006
Today, CDE released the initial public STAR data and the new data was loaded on the JFTK-CA web site. In addition to the 2006 STAR data, we also added additional subjects in Science and History/Social Sciences for 2004, 2005 and 2006. This is the first opportunity for JFTK-CA users to be able to analyze these additional subject areas.
CBEE Foundation and Just for the Kids – California announce 261 schools selected for the Inaugural CBEE Honor Roll – May 1, 2006
California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) and Just for the Kids-California, (JFTK-CA) today announced its Inaugural Honor Roll. The 261 California public schools on this list all have demonstrated consistent high academic achievement and have made tremendous progress in closing achievement gaps among students.

The Honor Roll is made up of two different awards, the Star Schools (74 schools) and Scholar Schools (187 schools). Unlike any other school recognition programs, CBEE/JFTK-CA Honor Roll schools are selected by carefully analyzing individual school subgroup performance data. A full list of the CBEE/JFTK-CA Honor Roll schools, sorted alphabetically by county, can be found at www.jftk-ca.org/honorroll. Click Here for the Full Press Release.

CBEE Announces Winners of Its Inaugural Gold Standard Award for Academic Achievement – November 2, 2005
Ten high schools were awarded $10,000 college scholarships each for academic achievement and preparing students for college or the workforce. The California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE), in conjunction with the California State University (CSU) system, has awarded the CBEE Gold Standard Award for Academic Achievement to 10 high schools that have demonstrated measurable gains in strong academic performance by getting students ready for college and the workforce while showing evidence of reducing achievement gaps over time. The CBEE Award is significant because it analyzes only hard data student test scores from the California Standards Test and the California State University Early Assessment Program (EAP) test to award schools and students with academic achievement prizes.

The $100,000 in scholarships provided by the California business community is being given to ten high-poverty, high-minority California high schools which have achieved a high level of academic performance and have shown evidence in reducing achievement gaps over time in both reading and mathematics. The winning schools are: Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet High School, Los Angeles; Granada Hills Charter High School, Granada Hills; Lakewood High School, Lakewood; Moorpark High School, Moorpark; San Rafael High School, San Rafael; San Mateo High School, San Mateo; Silver Creek High School, San Jose; Valencia High School, Placentia; Van Nuys High School, Van Nuys; and Westminster High School, Westminster.

Just for the Kids – California assisted by providing data which was utilized in the selection process. The CBEE Press Release announcing the winners is available here.

2005 CSU Early Assessment Program Data Now Loaded – September 28, 2005
The 2005 CSU Early Assessment Program (EAP) data is now loaded. This data comes from additional voluntary questions added to the STAR test for 11th graders to determine whether these students are ready for college-level English and Math. Students who do not reach the advanced level can utilize their senior year to continue working on their skills in preparation for entry into college.
2005 STAR and API/AYP Data Now Loaded – August 31, 2005
The 2005 STAR and API/AYP data now loaded. With the release of the API/AYP data today, the charts on the JFTK-CA web site how now been updated to reflect the new data.
JFTK-CA June 2005 News – July 7, 2005
The Just for the Kids – California June 2005 Virtual News is now available here.
JFTK-CA Presents at Claremont Graduate University Accountability Seminar – March 26, 2005
Just for the Kids – California opened the day long seminar run by Claremont Graduate University’s School of Educational Studies: Teacher Education Program. The session, presented by JFTK-CA Deputy Director Ross Santy, covered the history of accountability and standards in California, and presented hands-on ways in which JFTK-CA can help teachers and administrators to turn accountability data into actionable tools. The PowerPoint presentation used during the session can be downloaded by clicking here.
JFTK-CA Presents at CERA Conference – November 18, 2004
Working with the Sacramento City Unified School District, JFTK-CA presented to the membership of the California Educational Research Association at their 2004 Annual Conference on Nov. 18. The presentation examined the ways Sacramento City and other districts and schools around the state are using JFTK-CA to guide their reform efforts. You can download the PowerPoint used at the conference by clicking here.
2004 Strand Comparables Now Available – October 26, 2004
Volunteer Districts continue to provide their 2004 enrollment and test data for inclusion on the JFTK-CA site. Sufficient data has been received in order to allow the 2004 Strand charts to once again show a bar representing the performance of the comparable schools on that same strand. Previously the 2004 charts were only showing the bar representing the school’s performance.
Version 2 of STAR 2004 and API/AYP Data Loaded – October 12, 2004
The California Department of Education has released version 2 of the STAR 2004 and API/AYP research files. These files are now being used to drive the JFTK-CA reports.
2004 Demographic Data loaded – October 11, 2004
The 2004 Demographic data has now been loaded into the JFTK-CA database. The top 10 comparable schools now reflect the demographic data for 2003/2004.
2004 School and District Subgroup Reports Available – September 4, 2004
School and District Subgroup reports are now available.
SF Chronicle Article: Tests Score Confusion – September 2, 2004
JFTK-CA Executive Director Jim Lanich was quoted in Nanette Asimov’s SF Chronicle article on the confusion between the Federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and the California Academic Progress Index (API) systems. Read the article for the details.
Initial 2004 Continuous Enrollment and Strand Reports Available – September 1, 2004
JFTK-CA Volunteer districts have begun to submit their 2004 STAR test data. With the receipt of this data, the first Continuous Enrollment and Strand charts are now available. The strand chart only shows the select school’s performance at this point. The size of the volunteer is too small to include the “top 10 comparable” bar at this early date. As more districts submit their data, the comparable bar will be added.
Initial 2004 AYP Data Loaded – August 31, 2004
On Tuesday, 8/31, the California Department of Education (CDE) released the first AYP 2004 research files. Just for the Kids – California staff have uploaded these initial files. The school and district AYP summary reports are now available. Additional work will be completed shortly to make the 2004 Subgroup summaries available as well.
Initial 2004 Data Loaded – August 20, 2004
On Monday, 8/16, the California Department of Education (CDE) released the first STAR 2004 research files. Just for the Kids – California staff have uploaded the first 2004 JFTK-CA data pictures. The basic 4-bar chart, top comparables table, multi-grade, multi-year and district benchmarking dashboard charts are available for all districts except those left out of CDE’s initial release.
We’re now awaiting release of the 2004 AYP research files and 2004 student-level data from our volunteer districts in order to complete the rest of the JFTK-CA charts. The AYP research files are scheduled for 8/30, which should allow them to be on the JFTK-CA web site by 9/7.

New Selection Criteria – July 24, 2004
Volunteer districts can now utilize two new selection criteria. The Strict School Match requires comparable schools to have the same school-type code. This allows unique programs, such as alternative or continuation schools to compare themselves only against other similar schools. The Urban/Rural option allows schools to limit their comparable schools to only schools that match their urban/rural status.


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