The Academic Performance Index (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.
2012, more than 57 percent of San Diego County schools had a growth API at or
above 800, an increase of 5 percent over two years.
- Also, 57 percent
of county schools met all their API growth targets, a slight decline from last
More San Diego County schools than ever have met the state’s
accountability goal of scoring at or above 800 on the API, yet fewer met the
goals of the federal accountability program. That illustrates how these two
systems look at student performance in different ways.
one-quarter of the schools and about one in 10 districts met all of the 2011-12
federal requirements for making Annual Yearly Progress (AYP). To make AYP,
schools and districts must meet a constantly rising bar; last year, the target
(percentage of students that must score at proficient or advanced) increased by
about 11 percent from the previous year.
- Three 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
- Countywide, more than 320 schools are in Program
Improvement for 2012-12. In addition, 22 districts are now identified for
Parents interested in the performance of their
children’s school have a new tool available to them this year, the School
Quality Snapshot. This report provides graphic displays of multiple years of
data from various accountability, demographic, and school climate indicators.
The report, which also includes district and state comparisons, is
available on the California Department of Education website