Suisun Elementary and Armijo and Rodriguez Highs all posted gains in student test performance last year, according to numbers released Thursday by state schools chief Tom Torlakson. Suisun Elementary students in creased 27 points on their Academic Performance Index while Armijo High students ticked up a 4 points.
The increase at Suisun Elementary means the school’s API for 2013 is 799, a mere single point below the statewide target of 800.
Rodriguez High students boasted a whopping 35-point gain in the index. The school’s 2013 API of 801 means it has surpassed the state goal.
The results were a mixed bag for Suisun City schools. About half scored above the statewide target of 800. Dan Root Elementary School remains the highest scoring school in the city with an API of 860, this despite a drop of 25 points from last year. Crystal Middle School lost ground in its goal to crack 800. The school’s 22 point loss dropped its API to 756.
Armijo High improved over last year. Armijo posted a 734 API for 2013 – a three-point improvement, but is still well below the state goal.
The API is a score ranging from 200 to 1,000 that measures how well students do on a variety of tests, including the California Standards Test and the state’s high school exit exam. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet. Here’s a detailed summary of the API from the California Department of Education.
Statewide, the number of California schools meeting the state target for student performance on standardized tests dropped by 2 percent.
In 2013, 51 percent of the state’s schools earned an Academic Performance Index score of 800 or above, compared to 53 percent the previous year.
Based on 2013 test scores, 56 percent of elementary schools, 50 percent of middle schools, and 31 percent of high schools are now at or above the 800 mark.
In the last decade, the number of schools meeting the target of an 800 API has increased by 30 percent.
The state’s overall API dropped two points to 789 from 791, but Torlakson was quick to note that the statewide API for poor students and students learning English increased five points and one point, respectively.
Overall, Fairfield Suisun Unified School District earned a Growth API Score of 789, which is three points better than its 2012 Base API of 786.