API Report Cards Released For Local Schools
The California Department of Education has released overall Academic Performance Index (API) scores for the five local school districts:
Sulphur Springs 832
The API, referred to as the Growth API, summarizes a school, district or state's performance on the 2011 Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program and 2011 California High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) tests. The API is on a scale of 200 to 1000.
Every district in the region exceeded the state API target of 800.
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NEWHALL SCHOOL DISTRICT
Newhall School District, lead the way locally, with a high score of 903.
“The 903 district API is a testament to the dedication and excellent work of our students, teachers, administrators, and families. We are, of course, very proud of our top scoring schools’ achievements but this is no just about our top scoring schools pulling others along. This is about all schools in the district moving up the achievement levels of all students,” said Dr. Marc Winger, Superintendent.
District officials say today's acheivement makes Newhall the first district in the Santa Clarita Valley to break the 900 mark. Their API has steadily increased for the last eight years and is the highest ranking school district in the Santa Clarita Valley. Newhall has topped the Santa Clarita Valley’s district API list for the last seven years.
“Exceeding 900 on the state’s 1000 point scale is a precedent-setting milestone and an incredible feat, especially when one considers the education funding crisis we have been dealing with and the instructional challenges we face with a student population that includes about 30% English Language Learners,” said Winger.
Below are the API rankings for all schools in alphabetical order, followed by the 2010-2011 growth measure: (2010-2011 growth measure is the increase or decline in API score from the previous year's API score.)
Dr. J. Michael McGrath Elementary 883 24
Meadows Elementary 896 2
Newhall Elementary 808 -5
Oak Hills Elementary 949 0
Old Orchard Elementary 880 13
Peachland Avenue Elementary 869 11
Pico Canyon Elementary 925 5
Stevenson Ranch Elementary 977 12
Valencia Valley Elementary 908 3
Wiley Canyon Elementary 877 -2
While all of the schools met their growth targets schoolwide, Meadows and Newhall did not meet their targets for all subgroups. Subgroups are defined as Black or African-American, Asian, Hispanic or Latino, White, English Learners, Students with Disabilities, and the Socio-economically Disadvantaged.
SAUGUS UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT