Principal to Spend 24 Hours on Roof Because of Increased Test Scores

Principal Yuri Penermon will spend 24 hours on the roof of James Rutter Middle School, starting on Monday.

For James Rutter Middle School students, the celebration for an increase in standardized test scores will come in the form of seeing their principal spend a day on a rooftop.

Principal Yuri Penermon will spend 24 hours on a rooftop at the school, starting at 8 a.m. Monday.

“The students and families in our community have so many struggles and challenges, despite all of that, our students have proven they care about their education – their future – and are willing to put the time and effort in to prove that,” a press release quoted Penermon as saying. “Spending a little of my own time up on the roof of James Rutter Middle School is a small token of my appreciation of the efforts and work of my students, their families and my staff for the time and efforts in helping our school be successful.”

The school scored a 707 on the Academic Performance Index (API) test scores released Thursday, an increase of 27 points from the spring results. That was the third-largest gain among middle schools in the Elk Grove Unified School District.

Check back for more on the API scores.


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Greg Geeting October 12, 2012 at 11:06 PM
The 27-point API growth at James Rutter Middle School is certainly to be recognized and celebrated. Unfortunately, though, the subgroup API for the school's African American students grew by only 4 points, thereby widening the achievement gap still further. Perhaps while Principal Penermon is on the roof some ideas for addressing that serious problem will come forth.


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