I finally got around to sorting state-level test score data, something I’ve been meaning to do since the Academic Performance Index release last month. (Boy, is it harder than it should be. Those mismatched column headers…)
The American Indian Public Charter School in East Oakland’s Laurel District was the highest-performing middle school in the state, with an API of 988. (Not including schools with K-8 or 6-12 grade configurations, whose middle school scores aren’t broken out here.)
Here are some more data points:
- Only nine schools in the top 100 educate a “significant” number of low-income students, as defined by NCLB (which means they need to report the scores of that group of kids); three of those nine are the American Indian Model schools.
- None of the top 100 schools had aggregate scores for black students or special needs students, meaning their numbers are too small. And while Latino children make up nearly half of California’s public school population, their scores are included at just eight of the 100 schools.
- Asian students make up about 8 percent of the state’s public school population; about 75 percent of the top 100 schools have significant numbers of Asian students.
- English learners are represented in significant numbers at about one-third of the top 100 schools.
- White students, about 28 percent of the state’s schoolkids, are represented in about two-thirds of the schools in the top 100.
- Oakland’s Chabot Elementary (overall API 941; African-American API: 880) was the best-ranked school in the state that educates a significant number of black students.
You can find the spreadsheet here. You’ll find schools and districts sorted by API, as well as whether the data for each school includes “significant” numbers of black, Asian, Latino, white, low-income, English learners and special education students.
Oakland USD schools are highlighted in green.
Some of the API scores are missing — for white students, for example. I haven’t had a chance to sort through the entire mess of data yet.
What else do you see?