Just weeks after demonstrating impressive gains in science, Desert Trails Preparatory Academy released new data showing strong gains in student reading comprehension growth. Desert Trails is the first ever school transformed using the Parent Trigger law, and since being transformed in 2013 has produced a learning environment in which students are learning more than they ever have before.
The parents, teachers and administration at the school are closing the achievement gap by producing more than one year of academic growth for students each school year. This means students at Desert Trails are not only learning a year’s worth of material, but that they are catching up to their more affluent peers. Though the average student is not yet on grade level, they are growing at a rate that is higher than average such that are making strides towards closing the achievement gap.
In the absence of any student testing in English or math in California this year, Desert Trails used the well-regarded and widely used Gates MacGinite Reading Tests to assess progress for students in their reading skills.
In addition to important gains in reading, students at Desert Trails scored higher on their science CSTs than anytime in the past ten years. In a year, students scoring in the advanced and proficient category jumped from 12% to 47%.
Ben Austin, Executive Director of Parent Revolution issued the following statement in response the release of this exciting data:
“All parents want their children to attend high quality schools. All parents want their children to learn. The fact that Desert Trails has produced such significant growth for kids in such a short amount of time is extraordinary. School turnarounds take time of course, but all signs point to increased student engagement and parent satisfaction. Though the campaign at Desert Trails was hard fought, the struggle is worth it. Students come first at Desert Trails and thanks to the work of parents, teachers, administrators and students – it’s working.”