School Test Scores Rise But Remain Below Par

The San Leandro Unified School District saw its latest overall API test scores inch up but the composite figure of 743 was still below the state's numerical target of 800.


The Academic Performance Index (API) is an annual measure of test score conducted by the California Department of Education (CDE).

The latest results were released today and a summary is pictured above.

The API is a single number on a scale of 200 to 1,000 that indicates how well students in a school or district performed on the previous spring’s tests. 

It is calculated using results of the STAR (Standardized Testing and Reporting) program and the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE).

The State Board of Education sets the statewide API target at 800 out of a possible 1,000. 

You can find a more detailed explanation of the API here.

Eight of the district's 12 schools had rising APIs. Four dropped. The District as a whole experienced a slight rise from 737 last year to 743 this year. 

Read your school's performance off the chart above.

You can find a great deal more information about the district, your school or any other school or district in California at the API reports website.

Numbers don't tell the whole story but what do these test results -- and your other experiences -- tell you about San Leandro's schools?

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David October 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM
By the way, the STAR tests allow you to break down by economically disadvantaged and race. Disadvantaged black students in SLHS do better than those BHS students. The overall "outperformance" at BHS is driven by the large number of high scoring white kids. If you took them out of BHS, you'd have a high school little better than McClymonds.
David October 13, 2012 at 06:20 PM
And lest you think that SLHS has a smaller percentage of black students in poverty than BHS, you're wrong. Over 1/2 of SLHS black students are disadvantaged, less than half of BHS's are. BHS is a terrible school for most minority kids, poor or not. It's a great school for white kids.
Andrew Kopp October 13, 2012 at 06:56 PM
David - that is interesting, and disturbing.
David October 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Berkeley has been like that since I lived there 15 years ago. Heck, i lived a block away from BHS for over 6 years. White kids would go to their AP classes, black kids would be outside the school (during school hours) trying to sell me dope. That's why I'm so peeved when certain people around here and other parts of the bay area make noises about how much better BHS is (than xyz, not necessarily SLHS).
David October 14, 2012 at 02:30 AM
They're not an anomaly. Again, inner-city Catholic schools have been outperforming urban public schools for at least a century with students from the same socioeconomic backgrounds as attend public schools. Turns out what KIPP schools and Catholic schools have in common are accountable teachers, accountable students (they are disciplined, they are held to standards, not just passed on by lazy teachers and administrators who want to avoid making waves), high standards, rigorous curriculum and expectations of parental involvement.


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