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Friday, October 28, 2005 | The latest 2004-2005 Academic Performance Index growth results for the state’s public schools were released Thursday by the California Department of Education, marking the completion of the state’s sixth API reporting cycle.
Thursday’s reports provide data on academic growth for each public school and district, as well as for each subgroup within each district. Subgroups include African-American, American Indian or Alaskan Native, Asian, Filipino, Latino, Pacific Islander, white and “socioeconomically disadvantaged” (defined as those who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs).
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced that 68 percent of all schools met their targets for the previous school year, which he said was a 20-point gain over the 2003-2004 school year.
The API is a number between 200 and 1,000 that rates academic performance based primarily upon the results of tests administered by the state each spring to public school children in second through 11th grades. The state has established an API of 800 as the target.
Statewide, according to the CDE, elementary schools achieved a median API of 752, middle schools scored 716, and the median for high schools was 696. O’Connell said high schools scored the great gain, increasing 36 points from the prior year.
Locally, the report shows significant improvement in performance at nearly every San Diego County school district based on demographic subgroup data.
For the San Diego Unified School District, nearly every subgroup’s API numbers improved substantially over the 2003-2004 school year. African-American students increased their API by 16 points, Asians and Filipinos by 22 points, Latinos by 17 points, Pacific Islanders by 23 points, whites by 24 points and economically disadvantaged students by 15 points. Of the 90,000 total students tested, about 38,000 were Latino, 23,000 white, 15,000 Asian or Filipino, and about 12,000 African-American.
These increases were consistent with the county’s other unified school districts (those serving grades kindergarten through 12th). In Vista, more than 17,000 students were tested – about 8,300 of whom were Latino and 7,000 white. African-American students raised their API by 19 points, Asians by 15 points, Latinos by 15 points, whites by 14 points and the district’s low-income students by 14 points.
In the San Marcos Unified School District, more than 5,200 students of the nearly 11,000 students tested were Latino, and about 4,500 were white. African-American students increased their API by 20 points, Asians by 14 points, Latinos by 21 points, whites by 11 points and the economically disadvantaged by 17 points.
In the Poway Unified School District, more than 24,000 students were tested, 15,000 of them white. The new API score for African-American students was the same as the previous year’s, but scores rose for Asian students by 12 points, Latinos by 15 points, whites by 14 points and economically disadvantaged by 13 points.
In the Oceanside Unified School District, nearly 15,000 students were tested – 8,000 of those Latino and 4,000 white. African-Americans scored 20 points higher than the previous school year, Asians 28 points more, Latinos 17 points more, whites 17 points higher and the district’s poorer students raised their API by 18 points.
For local high school districts, Sweetwater Union realized the greatest gains, recording a 37-point increase in API for its African-American students, a 27-point gain for Asians, 28 points for Latinos, 29 points for whites and a 33-point increase for its economically disadvantaged students. More than 22,000 of the district’s 32,000 total students tested were Latino.
The Grossmont Union High School District tested more than 15,000 students, 8,800 of them white, and saw increases of 20 points for its African-American students, 8 points for Asians, 26 points for Latinos, 21 points for whites and 18 points for its economically disadvantaged students.
Local elementary school districts also saw improvements in their subgroup performance. For Chula Vista Elementary, nearly 15,000 students were tested, 9,500 of those Latino who increased their API score by 25 points. The API for African-American students rose by 27 points, 20 points for Asians, 18 points for whites and 19 points for economically disadvantaged students.
At Escondido Union Elementary, where about 14,000 students were tested, scores rose 9 points for African-Americans, 14 points for Asians, 7 points for Latinos, 18 points for whites and 6 points for the district’s low-income students. About 9,000 of the district’s total test-takers were Latino, and 4,000 were white.
Additional API details on school districts and particular schools can be found on the CDE’s Web site.
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