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Base API scores for schools released

We had a story about the base API scores being released this week. The scores aren’t new — they are rejiggered from the growth API scores that were released in the fall. There are variables that change in the formula for calculating the scores each year, so once those variables are figured out, the previous year’s score is put through the calculations to come up with a base for comparison in the fall.

If you need a recap, here’s a guide to the state’s Accountability Progress Reporting system.

There are links in the story, but click here if you’d like to jump directly to scores for Alameda County’s schools. As you can read in the story, none of Hayward Unified’s schools make it into the statewide top 50 percent. But some fare better when compared with schools similar in terms of student’s socioeconomic status, number of English language learners and other factors, which the district pointed out in a press release you can find after the jump.

Hayward Unified School District Press Release

May 5, 2011 

Release of 2010 Base Academic Performance Index (API) Reports 

Today the California Department of Education (CDE) released the preliminary 2010 Base API  Reports for all California schools and districts.  The API is the cornerstone of the Public Schools Accountability Act (1999).  It measures the academic performance and progress of schools and districts on a numeric index or scale that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1000.  The state has set 800 as the API score that schools should strive to meet.  Any school that does not have an API of 800 is required to meet annual growth targets until the statewide target of 800 is reached.

The results released today show that for the 3rd consecutive year the Base API for Hayward Unified School District has increased.  The 2010 Base API is 707 which is an increase of 18 points in one year.

Today’s results also show that Stonebrae Elementary is five points away from achieving the statewide target of 800 with a Base API of 795.  Southgate Elementary increased their Base API by 55 points to 785.  Other elementary schools that are quickly approaching the 800 score are:  Eldridge (776) and East Ave. (770).  Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School has a 2010 Base API of 766 which is an increase of 43 points in one year. 

The CDE also uses the API to rank schools on a scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest) to determine the school’s standing compared to other schools statewide (Statewide ranks) and to schools with similar characteristics (Similar Schools ranks). 

Eldridge Elementary has a Similar Schools ranking of 7 meaning this school ranks in the top 70% of 100 elementary schools with similar characteristics (e.g. percentage of English Learners, pupil socioeconomic status, teacher credentials). Southgate and Tyrrell Elementary along with Chavez Middle school have a Similar Schools ranking of 6 meaning they rank in the top 60% of schools with similar characteristics.  Martin Luther King Jr. has a Similar Schools ranking of 8 meaning it ranks in the top 80% of middle schools with similar characteristics.

The preliminary calculations for determining the 2010 Base API  for each school are the state test results from the spring of 2010.  HUSD staff continues to implement research based instructional programs and strategies to improve the achievement of all of our students and to support schools with reaching the state API target of 800.

Eric Kurhi