PUSD Shows Gains in Already High API Scores

All Piedmont public schools either met or exceeded last year's scores.

Piedmont Unfiied School District raised its already high score on the state's 2012 Academic Performance Index (API) by eight points, results released this morning by the California Department of Education show.

For the district as a whole, PUSD received an API score of 938, up from last year's 930 and well above the state target of 800. Individual Piedmont schools all met or exceeded their 2011 API scores, as shown in the table below. (Millenium High School did not report a score last year due to the number of students excused from standardized testing.)

Districtwide, all groups of students (including ethnic groups, English learners and students with disabilities) showed gains over last year.

In the attached charts, 2011 and 2012 results for an individual school are shown at left; for the district, at center; and statewide, at right. (No chart is shown for Millenium High because of the lack of a 2011 API score.)

INCLUDED  District 938 930 +8 1,967 Piedmont High School 916 916 0 553 Millenium High School 609 Not reported n/a 42 Piedmont Middle School 966 943 +23 582 Beach Elementary 972 959 +13 215 Havens Elementary 951 951 0 350 Wildwood Elementary 964 959 5 221

Complete results are available on the CDE Accountability Progress Reporting Web page. Individual school pages also include a link to API scores for 100 demographically similar schools.

The API is a numeric index that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000. The API scores for 2012 are based on student performance in STAR testing and results of the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) during the 2011-2012 academic year.

State Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced in a press release this morning that for the first time a majority of California’s public schools met or surpassed the statewide target for academic achievement on the 2012 API.

Some 53 percent of schools scored at or above the state target of 800, an increase of 4 percentage points over last year, marking a decade of steady growth, the release said.

Results released by Torlakson show that 59 percent of elementary schools, 49 percent of middle schools, and 30 percent of high schools are now meeting the state benchmark.

The overall API score for all students increased by 10 points for 2012, to 788, with substantial gains among all student groups. 

African American students and students with disabilities realized the largest gains with an increase of 14 points for each student group, to 710 and 607, respectively. Latino students and English Learners also posted strong gains, with Latinos adding 11 points to 740 and English Learners adding 10 points to 716. Asian and white students made smaller gains of 7 and 8 points respectively, but still have the highest API totals among student groups of 905 and 853 respectively. 

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Rick Schiller October 11, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Here are some other high ranking districts with 2012 API’s, change and enrollment: San Marino 954 -1 2,501 La Canada 950 +8 3,213 Piedmont 938 +8 1,967 Mahhattan Beach 937 +4 5,068 Palo Alto 934 +8 8,956 Arcadia 929 +4 7,410 San Ramon Valley 927 +5 22,743 Ivine 924 +4 20,869 Palos Verdes 923 +4 9,081 For informed comparison our School district can provide how much per student is spent at each district, what the corresponding School support tax is and if senior (or other) exemptions are present. This will be very helpful. Source: Cal. Dept. of Education


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