Elementary Schools in Concord, California excelled if you look at the API
scores released Thursday, by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom
The scores detail some wins and losses for the local public school system.
Sequoia Elementary earned the
highest Growth API score in the 2013 academic year, clocking in at 914, one
point less than its 2012 Base API score. Sun Terrace Elementary had
the lowest Growth API Score, registering a 699, which is a 68 point loss for
the school. Its 2012 Base API was 737.
Concord’s middle schools provided a tempered view. None of the schools exceeded the 900 API
mark reached by so many of the elementary schools in the area. Most posted losses since the last evaluation
Diablo View Middle School earned the highest marks, with a Growth API of 894, one point higher than its 2012 Base API of 893. The lowest score was earned by Oak Grove Middle School, which reported a 576 Growth API. That is 26 points les than its 2012 Base API score.
Only one local high school met state mandated performance targets. Northgate High School earned a 847 Growth API, which is 16 points less than its 2012 Base API of 863. Ygnacio Valley High School earned the lowest score of 655, falling 19 points from its 2012 Base API Score of 674. Mt. Diablo High improved by 10 points this testing season, clocking in with a Growth API of 679.
The API is a score ranging from 200 to 1,000 that measures how well students do on a variety of tests, including the California Standards Test and the state’s high school exit exam. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet. Here’s a detailed summary of the API from the California Department of Education.
Statewide, the number of California schools meeting the state target for student performance on standardized tests dropped by 2 percent.
In 2013, 51 percent of the state’s schools earned an Academic Performance Index score of 800 or above, compared to 53 percent the previous year.
Based on 2013 test scores, 56 percent of elementary schools, 50 percent of middle schools, and 31 percent of high schools are now at or above the 800 mark.
In the last decade, the number of schools meeting the target of an 800 API has increased by 30 percent.
The state’s overall API dropped two points to 789 from 791, but Torlakson was quick to note that the statewide API for poor students and students learning English increased five points and one point, respectively.
Overall, Mt. Diablo Unified earned a
Growth API Score of 791, which is three points less than its 2012 Base API of