State education officials today released the results of the most recent Academic Performance Index, the most widely watched albeit criticized measure of academic performances at schools across California. For the first time, a majority of schools, 53%, scored above the statewide target of 800, according to State Superintendent Tom Torlakson. Statewide, elementary schools API score grew by 7 points to 815, middle schools by 14 points to 792, and high schools by 11 points to 752.
Many Eastside school boosters were quick to tout their school’s new API scores, which are frequently used to attract new students and support. In fact, Burbank Middle School, the Highland Park campus that was reorganized by the school district, posted the largest API gain–100 points–in L.A. Unified, reports the Daily News.
One teacher from Clifford Street Elementary in Echo Park wrote:
Great news to share. Clifford Street School had a remarkable year as shown by the newly released State API (Academic Performance Index) reports. Our growth was 26 points. Makes for an interesting comparison with other Echo Park schools.
Meanwhile, in Atwater Village, Shelli-Anne Couch President of the Friends of Atwater Elementary, said the school’s API reached an all-time high:
For the first time ever, Atwater Avenue Elementary School has scored over 800 on our API!! We did a record-breaking 809 – which is a whopping 34 point increase over last year’s score of 775. Wahoooo!!!!!! Please join us in congratulating our hardworking students, families, staff and teachers at Atwater Elementary, all led by the indefatigable Mr Charles D Smith. Go Blue!! … Atwater has the highest volume of Special Needs and English Learners of all the local schools (more than 3 x Ivanhoe number for example), so it’s an exceedingly good effort. (Atwater has 150, Glenfeliz 100, Ivanhoe 44, Los Feliz Charter 39).
Another Echo Park school, Gabriella Charter, also touted its results in an email
We are proud to report that in 2011-12, Gabriella Charter School received an API of 894 — its highest ever.
How did your neighborhood school perform? Click here to search the statewide results by school.
- LAUSD scores double-digit gains in statewide school test scores for 5th straight year. Daily News
* This post has been updated