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 Local Schools Outperform Statewide Average on 2012-2013 Tests

​State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced the results for the 2012-13 California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and the Accountability Progress Report (APR)—including the state's Academic Performance Index (API), the federal Adequate Year Progress (AYP), and Program Improvement (PI)—on Thursday, August 29, 2013 .

The API is the cornerstone of the California state accountability system.  API is calculated based on student performance on a variety of standardized tests, including the California Standards Tests and California High School Exit Exam.  Growth API, the data reported here, reports on the degree to which schools met their targets both schoolwide and for specific student groups.
In 2013:

  • More than 58 percent of the San Diego County schools for which data is available had a growth API at or above the state's accountability goal of 800.
  • 49 percent of county schools overall met both schoolwide and student group API growth targets, including 58 percent of elementary schools , 73 percent of middle, and 58 percent of high schools. 
  • 71 percent of schools met schoolwide targets but not necessarily all student group targets, including 76 percent of elementary, 73 percent of middle, and 58 percent of high schools. 

While many San Diego County schools met the state's accountability goal of scoring at or above 800 on the API, fewer met the goals of the federal accountability program.  That illustrates how these two systems look at student performance in different ways.

Countywide, 15 percent of the schools and about one in 10 districts met all of the 2012-13 federal requirements for making AYP.  To make AYP, schools and districts must meet a constantly rising bar of percentage of students that must score at proficient or advanced.

Two schools met AYP targets for two consecutive years and will exit Program Improvement, a status that requires schools and districts to take corrective action to increase student achievement.

Across the county, more than 360 schools are in some stage of Program Improvement for the 2013-14 school year. 

CAHSEE Pass Rates for First-Time Test Takes

San Diego County 10th graders continue to pass the CAHSEE at higher rates than their counterparts statewide.  Eighty-eight (88) percent of local 10th grade students passed the mathematics portion of the CAHSEE as first-time test takers (compared to 84 percent statewide), and 86 percent of local 10th graders passed the English Language Arts portion (compared to 83 percent statewide).

The gap in passing-rates between students of different ethnic and income groups continued to shrink, but significant differences in their pass-rates remained:

  • In the 2012-13 school year, on the English Language Arts portion of the exam, 93 percent of the Asian and white 10th graders passed, compared to 81 percent of the African American and Hispanic students, a gap of 12 percent.  This compares to a gap of 18 percent four years ago, in 2009-10.
  • On the Math portion, 94 percent of the Asian and white students passed, compared to 83 percent of their African American and Hispanic classmates, a gap of 11 percent.  This compares to a gap of 15 points in 2009-10.  

​Students have multiple chances to take the exit exam, and many opportunities to receive support throughout their remaining high school years.