SSUSD base API surpasses state goal

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

The California Department of Education has released the 2012 Base Academic Performance Index (API) reports. The 2012 Base API Report summarizes the results from the spring 2012 testing season and becomes the baseline against which to compare the 2013 Growth API, which will be released in early September.

These reports include base API results, growth targets, and statewide and similar-schools rankings for California public schools. The API is a score ranging from 200 to 1000 that annually measures the academic performance and progress of individual schools in California. The performance target for all schools is an API of 800. The overall 2012 Base API for Sierra Sands is 814. The state of California’s Base API is 791.

Commenting on the overall API rankings, Shirley Kennedy, SSUSD assistant superintendent, added, “Each school in the district develops and implements a comprehensive student achievement plan annually to ensure individual student success. This process is very effective, as most every school in the district has shown improvement when compared to schools statewide as well as to similar schools.

“Sierra Sands is very close to achieving its goal of 100 percent of its schools meeting the state performance target of 800. Our staff, students, parents and community should be commended for the hard work and commitment necessary to demonstrate such impressive student achievement.”

The API ranks all California public schools statewide and compares schools that are similar regarding school, student, and teacher characteristics. Schools are ranked in 10 categories of equal size, called deciles, from 10 (highest) to 1 (lowest) for these two comparisons. A school’s statewide rank compares its API to the APIs of all other schools statewide of the same type (elementary, middle or high school). A school’s similar schools rank compares its API to the APIs of 100 other schools of the same type that have similar opportunities and challenges.

Story First Published: 2013-06-05