We had two students who achieved a PERFECT score on one of their CST’s: Ruben Cruzin Science and Julian Castellanos in Math! Also, our very own Science teacher, Mr. Johnson, had 42% of eighth graders achieve a proficient or advanced score in Science, while Mr. Catlin, our 8th grade History teacher, had 48% percent of students score proficient or advanced! Both 6th and 8th grade had a 12% increase in the number of proficient and advanced students in English Language Arts, and 6th and 8th grade achieved an increase of 5% in math. What is even more amazing is that as a school site, 133 students improved by at least one level in Math and 187 students improved by at least one level in English Language Arts.
First of all, student achievement is on the rise, as our district made a gain of 17 API points, bringing us from 700 API in the 2010-11 school year to 717 API in the 2011-12 school year. McFarland Middle School was acknowledged in the Bakersfield Californian as being one of the top schools that had the largest academic gains in Kern County. I commend Mr. Louie Gomez, his entire instructional staff and the students for making a gain of 48 points. We now have three schools that are part of the coveted 700 club; Kern Avenue at 763, Browning Road at 747 and McFarland Middle School at 724.