No API Until 2016 for California

  (Repost via) Faced with a complete sea change of its K-12 education system and having been relieved of its duty to meet some federal accountability requirements, the State Board of Education on Thursday temporarily suspended its school performance measurement tool known as the API. As a result of this decision, no Academic Performance Index scores – used to indicate how a school’s students are performing on standardized tests – will be calculated for the next two years. The move was deemed necessary by both state education officials and law makers to pave the way for California’s transition to Common …

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Torlakson Reports Improved Results on High School Exit Exam

SACRAMENTO—Students in the class of 2013 passed California’s High School Exit Examination (CAHSEE) at the highest rate since the test was made a graduation requirement, with 95.5 percent earning a passing score, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today. CAHSEE and Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) scores, announced earlier this month, figure heavily in state and federal school accountability results, which Torlakson also announced today. For the second straight year, a majority of schools statewide met or exceeded the state performance target of 800 points on the Academic Performance Index (API). “Despite the very real challenges of deep …

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API Rankings Reveal Unequal Access to Best Schools

The Education Trust-West released the first Equity Alert which highlights California’s recent statewide API rankings which expose an “all-too familiar” achievement gap. The 2009 Annual Performance Index unveil that race and class continue to play a material role in shaping opportunity in our schools and the inequity is systemic and pervasive. Findings include: 39 percent of African-American students attend the state’s bottom 30 percent of schools. 44 percent of Latinos and 45 percent of economically disadvantaged students are concentrated in the bottom 30 percent of schools. By contrast, 54 percent of white students attend the top 30 percent of schools and only …

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Valley High School is Number 1 in California Similar Schools

Click on the image above to view the video! As many of you who follow this blog know, California GEAR UP works with Valley High School in Sacramento, CA in a unique collaboration that provides the school with innovative resources and support services for students, families, teachers, counselors and administrators to create a community-wide college-going culture. This year Valley High was excited to announce the remarkable achievement on the statewide API. The API reports include a “similar schools rank.” This information shows where a school ranks on a scale of 1–10, compared with 100 other schools with similar demographic characteristics. California public schools …

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MLK Jr. achieves 47 point API Increase!

Congratulations to California GEAR UP school Martin Luther King Jr. Technology Academy, Twin Rivers Unified School district for a 47 point API increase from 2008-2009. This increase is part of the 60 point API increase at MLK over the last two years. It takes an entire school working together to realize such gains, and California GEAR UP is proud to have you as one of our schools! For more information on what the API is, follow this link: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap/