The scores were impressive considering that the trend this year was lower scores around the state. 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.
Among the eight highest performing districts this year, each saw a decline this year of one to eight points, according to Lindi Dreibelbis, the La Canada Unified School District director of assessment, research and consolidated programs. LCUSD ranked No. 2 in the state this year.
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.
In the last decade, the number of schools meeting the target of an 800 API has increased by 30 percent.