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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 12, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Corvallis API: 798 http://api.cde.ca.gov/Acnt2012/2012GrowthSch.aspx?allcds=01613096002539 Dayton API: 799 http://api.cde.ca.gov/Acnt2012/2012GrowthSch.aspx?allcds=01613096002547
David October 12, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Yes, Roosevelt is a bit like the Berkeley schools. White and Asian kids have API scores in the 900+ range. Everyone else, not so good. But that's Leah's model for "success" so there you go.
Rob Rich October 12, 2012 at 02:41 PM
The scores at Bancroft are disappointing. Much more needs to be done. With said, I am thankful for Bancroft's new administration and encouraged by some of the steps they've already taken. With a firm grip on the tiller, they are working hard to steer the school in the right direction. While the middle school years can be challenging regardless of where you are, our son's experience at Bancroft has been very positive. Once again, his teachers this year are fantastic. While that's a job I could never do, there are things each of us can do to help our local schools.
Justin H. October 12, 2012 at 06:38 PM
David where is arroyo compared to SLHS?
tony santos October 12, 2012 at 06:59 PM
weren't school scores in San Leandro higher under Lim than they now are? I thought Lim had made tremendous progress in improving kids education in the district-appears board made an error in firing her-could it be that the board involved in getting rid of Lim fire itself??
anthony October 12, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Alameda County/API Growth Comparison/2012 http://api.cde.ca.gov/Acnt2012/2012GrthAPICo.aspx?cYear=2011-12&cSelect=01,ALAMEDA
anthony October 12, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Alameda County/API /Growth/ by year... http://api.cde.ca.gov/reports/API/APISearchName.asp?TheYear=&cTopic=API&cLevel=County&cName=&cCounty=01,ALAMEDA&cTimeFrame=S
David October 12, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Lim came from Berkeley. Interestingly enough, BHS, despite its accolades from prolific posters around here, does an amazingly poor job at educating minorities, as borne out yet again by the API scores: BHS: African-American API: 544 Hispanic: 672 Filipino: 676 White: 863 Asian: 764 SLHS: African-American: 645 (100 points higher than BHS!, but still too low) Filipino: 787 (111 points higher than BHS) Hispanic: 650 (22 points lower) Asian: 831 (higher than BHS) White: 737 (over 100 points lower than BHS) Again, for those who think BHS is some kind of model for SLHS, they're smoking something they bought outside of BHS where most of the kids hang out in the mornings selling it.
David October 12, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Arroyo is across the board better than SLHS.
Fred Eiger October 12, 2012 at 10:42 PM
How cute, we have two Fred Eiger's. So childish.
Fred Eiger October 12, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I'm anxiously awaiting Leah and Mike's response to this shocking exposure of Berkeley High School, which I was empathically told is one of the BEST public schools in the Bay Area.
Fred Eiger October 12, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Childish is as childish does.
Fred Eiger October 12, 2012 at 11:07 PM
And if you click on the baby "Eiger" profile you'll see he's from Livermore Patch. Are you a Hayward transplant?
Fred Eiger October 12, 2012 at 11:10 PM
David October 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I have a feeling you'll be waiting a long time, Fred.
Fred Eiger October 13, 2012 at 12:19 AM
David, I'm sure the silence will be deafening. lol
Andrew Kopp October 13, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Isn't the mistake in logic the notion that a minority population in one city is the same in all ways as the people of the same minority in another city? To make the comparison don't you need the African American cohort in Berkeley to respond identically to stimulus as the African American cohort in San Leandro? Otherwise, how do you measure success? Pleasanton High School scores from African-American students exceed San Leandro by 100 (and Berkeley by 200). Is the reasonable conclusion that Pleasanton has greater success with African American students? Their Latino, Filipino and Asian students also score significantly higher than their San Leandro counterparts. In fact, Latinos score 160 points higher, Filipinos score 125 points higher, and Asians score 120 points higher. Pleasanton's white students, not surprisingly, score 155 points higher than their San Leandro counterpart. Is Pleasanton really teaching every student of every race an ethnicity better than San Leandro and Berkeley? Is Piedmont doing an even better job than Pleasanton? Why can't neighboring school districts just replicate those methods? Don't the numbers suggest that something other than the school contributes largely to the success of the students, at least with regard to API scores?
Andrew Kopp October 13, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Pleasanton Amador Valley High: 1931 students, 100 socioeconomically disadvanted Pleasanton Foothill High: 1617 students, 96 SD Piedmont High: 553 students, 1 SD (OMG, is his/her name Token) Livermore Granada High: 1493 students, 247 SD Livermore High: 1344 Students, 301 SD San Leandro High: 1911 Students, 1117 SD Berkeley High: 2128 Students, 636 SD Well, I guest San Leandro can take pride in doing a better job teaching to minority students than Berkeley, but the evidence seems to strongly suggest that higher API scores comes from belonging to a family that has higher income/resources. You can move your kid to a school with better API scores, but that won't make your give your family more resources or income.
Tom Abate (Editor) October 13, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Good discussion. Take a look at the KIPP charter schools in the San Lorenzo district. They are almost all minority (if that is not oxymoronic) better than 2/3rds low income and the Middle school is 912 API and the KIPP High School if 832. They alerted me in a press release of the theme, demographics is NOT destiny. Is there something SLUSD can learn from our KIPP neighbors?
Tom Abate (Editor) October 13, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Oh, forgot to add a link to KIPP's "about" page if, like me, you've not heard of it before. http://www.kipp.org/about-kipp
Rob Rich October 13, 2012 at 01:39 AM
Per anthony's link, SLUSD scores increased from 730 in 2010 to 743 in 2012. So no, they weren't higher under Ms. Lim. Frankly, scores increased modestly both during & since Ms. Lim. However, for evidence of "tremendous progress," I think one might need to look elsewhere.
David October 13, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Uh. Except BHS does worse for minority students who are also richer than SLHS students.
Andrew Kopp October 13, 2012 at 04:09 PM
David - How do you know that Berkeley's minority students are richer than San Leandro's? How are you reading that from the data?
Justin Agrella October 13, 2012 at 05:07 PM
I reject entirely the premise that just because you poor that means you are stupid! That is ridiculous on its face! What the academy, and many schools who are doing just fine because they know how to structure a school system, shows is that failed school systems produce failed students. It doesn't cost fifty cents more for a good teacher to teach to a well thought out lesson plan. The only extraneous that I can see is the fault of parents who fail to push their children to achieve. Even then they can still achieve on their own, as they will in the real world. Money is not the solution to all problems academic. http://www.myheritage.org/news/more-money-is-not-the-solution-to-educations-problems/
Andrew Kopp October 13, 2012 at 05:39 PM
I agree with your rejection of the absolute that poor family = poorly performing students. However, it is difficult to reject the obvious - the less socioeconomically disadvantaged students that there are in a school, the better the API scores. There are multiple possible explanations for this correlation: the API test is geared to higher income children, the schools with higher income children have better educational programs, etc. The KIPP schools present an interesting anomaly - very high ratio of socioeconomically disadvantaged students and uncharacteristically high API scores. It may very well be their teaching methods, or administrative methods, that leads to such success. However, it may be other aspects of the KIPP program that explain the success. I understand, but have not confirmed, that KIPP schools do not permit students to enroll once the school year has begun. I can imagine that this rule significantly reduces disruption. I know in my child's class she will have nearly a half dozen students leave, and another half dozen enter, during the course of the school year. It is also worth noting that a family must apply to attend KIPP. Students don't get expelled from one school and sent to KIPP. Rather, motivated families must apply to transfer to KIPP. Furthermore, KIPP expects substantial volunteer efforts from families.
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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