TTUSD matches all-time high California API test growth score
TAHOE/TRUCKEE – The Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s statewide Academic Performance Index score is up six points from last year, according to figures published last week, matching the district’s all-time high growth score of 816.
API ranks California public schools using a 200- to 1,000-point scale based on student performance on standardized state tests given the previous school year (2011-12). This year, the state’s target score was 800.
Eight TTUSD schools met the goal of earning an API growth score of 800 or above, according to the results. All elementary and middle schools in the district achieved a score more than 800, with Donner Trail Elementary leading the district with a 912.
Sierra Expeditionary Learning was next with score of 900, followed by Glenshire Elementary (848), North Tahoe Middle School (841), Tahoe Lake Elementary (836), Truckee Elementary (830), Alder Creek Middle School (828) and Kings Beach Elementary (820).
“We have a lot to be proud of with these results,” said TTUSD Superintendent Rob Leri in a press release. “While these rankings are important indicators of our progress in helping our students meet standards, it is important to remember that this is only one set of metrics for determining the success of our schools.
“It is also important to remember that no one measure will ever sum up what that individual scholar will need to be ready for college, career and life.”
District schools that fell short of the target were Coldstream Alternative, Truckee High School and North Tahoe High, with respective scores of 796, 770 and 756.
“I’m very confident in our teachers’ and principals’ abilities to address our opportunities as well as build on our successes,” Leri said in the press release.
Despite Coldstream’s below-800 score, it saw a 50-point increase, the biggest API score improvement within the district from last year.
“Anytime you have that kind of movement, it’s a cause for celebration,” said Dave Curry, the district’s executive director of educational services.
The school that saw the biggest API drop from last year was Sierra Expeditionary Learning, going from a base score of 927 to a growth score 900. The only other school to see its API score drop from last year was Truckee High School, down 24 points.
Leri said TTUSD staff will analyze the results and evaluate their programs using the data, while also looking at other indicators of success and opportunities for improvement.
TTUSD also was part of a larger state trend that saw a steady increase in API scores.
Fifty-three percent of state schools – K-12 – scored at or above 800 this year, an increase of 4 percentage points from last year, marking a decade of steady API growth. Ten years ago, only 20 percent of schools met or surpassed the API target score.
Curry said all schools are “tightening up” nowadays and expects API scores to continue to increase.
Each annual API reporting cycle includes a Base and a Growth API. The Base API starts the reporting cycle and is released approximately a year after testing.
For example, the 2011 Base is calculated from results of statewide testing in spring 2011 but is released in May 2012. The Growth API, released after the Base API, is calculated in the same fashion and with the same indicators as the prior year Base API but from test results of the following year.
So, for example, the 2012 Growth is calculated from results of statewide testing in spring 2012 and is released in September 2012.
To find out more about API and to view year’s and past years’ scores, visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap.
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