The Los Altos School District ranked third in the state and No. 1 in Santa Clara County in the California Department of Education’s 2010 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.
County-chartered Bullis Charter School at 988 tied as the 12th highest-ranking school in the state and fifth in the county.
The Los Altos School District’s Oak (980) and Covington (980) schools ranked 31st in the state and tied for 10th in the county.
Other Los Altos schools earned high scores as well: Almond, 962; Gardner Bullis, 957; Loyola, 963; Santa Rita, 964; Springer, 954; Egan Junior High, 968; and Blach Junior High, 965.
Los Altos High School scored 854 this year, and Mountain View High School, 860. The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District’s alternative school, Alta Vista, jumped 55 points, scoring 753 – closing in on the 800-point benchmark.
Homestead High School, which serves Los Altos students, registered 858 on the index. Montclaire Elementary, located in Los Altos, scored 963, and Cupertino Middle School earned 928.
For full API listings, visit www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/ap.