The Los Altos School District ranked third in the state and No. 1 in Santa Clara County in the California Department of Education's 2007 Academic Performance Index (API), released last week. Test scores for local schools overall remained high.
API scores range from 200 to 1,000, with 800 the minimum target goal set by the state.
The mandated tests measure a school's composite academic achievement based on a variety of statewide assessments. API calculations encompass the content areas of English-language arts, mathematics, science and history based on the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) results. The high school scores include the California High School Exit Exam results.
Los Altos School District's Loyola (972) and Oak (969) schools ranked 16th and 19th, respectively, in the state.
Bullis Charter School, with an API of 968, ranked 21st in the state.
Egan Junior High School, with a score of 958, was the top-performing junior high school in the county.
Los Altos High School scored 802 this year, above the 800 target set by the California Department of Education. Last year LAHS fell just below the target with a 797 index.
Local high schools received additional honors last week when they made Newsweek's list of Top Public High Schools. The list identifies the best 1,300, or top 5 percent, of schools in the nation based on the ratio of students taking advanced-placement tests to the number of graduating seniors.
Gunn High School in Palo Alto ranked 81st, Mountain View High School, 398th and Los Altos High School, 448th nationally.
For full API listings, visit www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap.
For more information on Newsweek's top schools, visit www.newsweek.com/id/39380.