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    Latest LB Schools Academic Performance Index Scores

    (March 15, 2005) -- posts below a link to the latest Academic Performance Index scores for every LBUSD school, released March 15 by the CA Dept. of Education (CDE)...which include the school's ranking compared to other schools.

    CA's Academic Performance Index is a numeric score ranging from 200 to 1000. Sacramento has set 800 as the score it says schools should strive to meet.

    In addition, each school is ranked in one of ten equal sized groups (deciles) ranging from one (lowest) to ten (highest) compared to schools statewide. The CA Dept. of Education also issues a separate ranking compared to "similar schools." From the agency's press release: "The similar schools characteristics include average class size, percentage of students who are English learners, percentage of teachers who hold emergency credentials or are fully credentialed, student mobility, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status."

    LBUSD's highest performing elementary schools were: Lowell (914), Gant (911), Naples (892) and Fremont (877), all in decile 10 statewide.

    The District's highest performing middle schools were Stanford (801), Rogers (798) and Hughes (792).

    Among High Schools, LBUSD's CA Academy of Math & Science magnet campus achieved a blistering 941, followed by Wilson (710, up from 674), Lakewood (708, up from 664), Poly (696, up from 686) and Millikan (692, up from 662) [comparisons are 03 to 04 API base scores].

    WLB's Cabrillo High School -- a new campus with superlative facilities and amenities -- scored 539 (up from 502 a year ago). NLB's Jordan High scored 562 (up from 528).

    LBUSD's CA Academy of Math & Science is the 10th decile statewide; Wilson, Lakewood, Poly are in the 7th decile statewide. Millikan is in the 6th.

    Jordan High is in the 2d decile statewide, 5th decile among similar schools. Cabrillo is in the 1st decile statewide, the 4th decile among similar schools.

    LBUSD spokesman Chris Eftychiou said roughly 35% of LBUSD schools improved their decile rankings compared to schools statewide (not just "similar" schools). 59% remained at their rankings; only 6% declined.

    Mr. Eftychiou noted that several schools posted strong gains, especially Lindbergh Middle School, lifting its ranking among statewide schools (not similar schools) from decile three to five in just one year. (For the second year in a row, Lindbergh was in the 10th decile compared to similar schools.)

    A number of LBUSD elementary schools perform in the 10th decile statewide, with others in deciles 8 and 9. LBUSD has few very low decile scores among elementary schools...and none in decile 1.

    Among middle schools, Franklin scored in decile 1 statewide (decile 4 compared to similar schools); Washington and Hamilton were in decile 2 statewide (deciles 7 and 8, respectively, compared to similar schools).

    Mr. Eftychious says API exams are administered each spring. In the fall, API "growth" reports are released. In the next spring, API "base reports" are released (as they are now, in March 05) from which "growth" will be measured when the next API results (from the March 05 exam) are released in the fall.

    (The latest 200-1000 API base scores for each school differ somwhat from 200-1000 API scores released last fall...because Sacramento changed the formula for calculating them; weighting for the tests that comprise the score have been changed.

    Also, the CA Dept. of Education says the just-released API base scores "are current as of March 15, 2005 [and are] based on STAR, CAHSEE, and CAPA results and...subject to revision because Districts, on behalf of their schools, have the right under the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 to appeal the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) or Program Improvement (PI) status of their schools. API is part of the AYP, and therefore may be affected by such appeals. Final number are released in or about June."

    Click on the link immediately below for the March 15, 2005 released API base scores for every LBUSD school:

    LBUSD Schools 2004 Academic Performance Index (API) Base Report

    [LBUSD's district-wide API score and related information can be found here]

    For reference, also posts links to last year's API scores:

  • 2003 API base scores (released spring '04)
  • 2003-04 API "growth" report (released fall '04) [caveat: this growth figure is calculated with a different formula, so don't directly compare these figures to last year or this year's base reports.]

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