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State Releases Elementary, Middle and High School District API Scores

Mountain View schools fare better than most in California, but there's still room for improvement.

Students in Mountain View continue to score better than those in other counties, but not some of their peers in Palo Alto, Los Altos or Cupertino, the California Department of Education Accountability Progress Reports (APR) released Wednesday show.

The annual report shows an overall district growth in the Academic Performance Index (API) for 2011 of 834—an eight-point improvement from its base score of 826. Six schools helped bring up the school district's scores; however, three schools experienced declines.

"In keeping with our continuous improvement process, the schools have been analyzing their CST (California Standards Test) results and are developing their School Improvement Plans to ensure that all students show progress toward meeting state standards," said Craig Goldman, superintendent of the (MVWSD) in a press release about Bubb, Landels and Stevenson elementary schools.

According to a statement released by the MVWSD, since the 2005-06 school year, scores improved by 56 points. That year the district began "its continuous improvement efforts by focusing on state standards and using formal and informal assessment results to guide instructional decisions."

A single number, the API ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000, and reflects a school’s performance level, based on the results of statewide testing. An API score of 800 or more is considered the benchmark of excellence by the California Department of Education.

Latino students showed significant improvement in the district. Their scores rose 13 points. English learners experienced a growth of nine point; socioeconomically disadvantaged students increased by 12 points; and disabled students improved by 10 points.

At the school level, leads the pack with an overall score of 934, a five-point increase from 2009-10.

For the first time ever, surpassed the 800 threshold with a score of 809—an increase of 16 points from 2009-10.

came three points shy of 800 at 797.

rose 14 points to 834.

improved 23 points to reach 791.

had a modest year-to-year gain of one point to 815.

While all are still above the excellent 800 benchmark, the following schools had a decline in their API:  experienced a decrease from 904 to 883, a 19-point fall. dropped from 836 to 834, and lost 15 points from 899 to 874.

Schools in Santa Clara County still scored the highest in API across the state of California.

Two county elementary schools—Faria and Murdock-Portal, both in the Cupertino Union School District—tied for the top statewide ranking, with  "Growth API" scores of 998. Millikin Elementary in Santa Clara Unified (ranked third) and Hoover Elementary in Palo Alto Unified (fifth) gave the county four of the top five ranked schools in the state.

Thirteen of the top 25 elementary schools in the state, half of the top 10 middle schools and two of the top 10 high schools hail from Santa Clara County.

Los Altos High School scored 873, an increase of 16 points year-to-year. remained flat at 861.

“We have a lot of reason to be proud of our schools and students,” said Charles Weis, Santa Clara County's superintendent . “Our top schools are the envy of California. Everyone associated with those schools should be proud, because it takes an entire community—students, parents, teachers, administrators, everyone—for this kind of achievement.”

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