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Santa Cruz Schools Drop in Test Scores

The local district echoed the state in its test score drop.

In Accountability Progress Reporting statewide figures released Thursday, most Santa Cruz Schools saw drops in their test scores at the same time that schools across the state dropped.

Some schools dropped, but performed above the state target of 800 points. Branciforte Middle School scored an 808 while Mission Hill Middle School pulled an 863. For comparison, Pacific Charter, the small college prep that is ranked one of the best in the state, scored a 920. Santa Cruz High scored a 789, Soquel 777 and Harbor 763.

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 state schools chief Tom Torlakson was quick to note that the statewide API for poor students and students learning English increased five points and one point, respectively.


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