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More API Scores: San Mateo Union High School District

How does your child's high school measure up?

 

Patch continues its reporting of Academic Performance Index (API) scores for local schools with a report on scores for the San Mateo Union High School District.

Read on the scores for all K-8 schools in the San Mateo-Foster City School District.

 

What is an API score?

The independent research organization EdData describes APIs as follows:

“The Academic Performance Index (API) is an annual measure of test score performance of schools and districts. The California Department of Education (CDE) calculates the API and disseminates the results directly to schools and districts as well as posting them on the CDE website.

“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. An API is calculated for the whole school, plus its ‘numerically significant subgroups,’ including socioeconomically disadvantaged students, English learners, and students with disabilities.”

 

What do all these rankings/scores mean?

2012 API Target - Typically, if a school’s API score falls below the state’s minimum target score – which, in California, is 800 – the state will set a goal target for the following year of last year’s score, plus 5 points. If a school’s 2012 target is ‘A,’ that means the school is already scoring at or above the state’s minimum target, and therefore does not have a growth target, other than to remain at or above 800.

2011 Statewide Rank - How a school ranks within a grouping of schools equaling 10 percent of schools statewide of a similar type, with 1 the lowest and 10 the highest.

2011 Similar Schools Rank – How a school ranks within a grouping of 100 similar schools from throughout the state, with 1 the lowest and 10 the highest.

2011 API Students Included – How many students from a particular school took the API tests in 2011.

 

2011 API SCORES FOR THE SAN MATEO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT:

 

  • 2011 Base API: 839
  • 2012 API Target = A
  • 2010 Statewide Rank = 9th
  • 2010 Similar Schools Rank = 4
  • 2011 API Students Included = 1,147

 

:

  • 2011 Base API: 861
  • 2012 API Target = A
  • 2010 Statewide Rank = 9th
  • 2010 Similar Schools Rank = 4
  • 2011 API Students Included = 963

 

:

  • 2011 Base API: 750
  • Growth from 2010 API: 39 points (from 711)
  • 2010 Statewide Rank = 4th
  • 2010 Similar Schools Rank = 3
  • 2011 API Students Included = 815

 

:

  • 2011 Base API: 797
  • Growth from 2010 API: 10 points (from 787)
  • 2010 Statewide Rank = 7th
  • 2010 Similar Schools Rank = 5
  • 2011 API Students Included = 979


:

  • 2011 Base API: 864
  • 2012 API Target: A
  • 2010 Statewide Rank = 10th
  • 2010 Similar Schools Rank = 6
  • 2011 API Students Included = 994

 

  • 2011 Base API: 596
  • Growth from 2010 API: 27 points (from 569)
  • 2010 Statewide Rank = N/A
  • 2010 Similar Schools Rank = N/A
  • 2011 API Students Included = 71

 

:

  • 2011 Base API: 784
  • Growth from 2010 API: 39 points (from 745)
  • 2010 Statewide Rank = 5th
  • 2010 Similar Schools Rank = 2
  • 2011 API Students Included = 988

 

PATCH WANTS TO KNOW - What do you think of these scores? What are your opinion of our local high schools? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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