As the blog of record, we need to report this real yawner: top API scores were achieved by Montclair and Thornhill Elementary Schools again, and acceptable scores came from Joaquin Miller as well. The newest Academic Performance Indicators (APIs) were released yesterday by the State of California.
It’s not surprising that our students perform well on these standardized state tests. Montclair delivered 957, up some 35 percent over last year. Thornhill registered 944, increasing 20 percent over last year. Joaquin Miller scored 886, also rising 18 percent over last year.
We decided to check out the top 100 schools across California this time, and the scores do correlate with well-heeled places. When you look through this list, you can easily imagine involved parents in each location.
To receive an “A” grade from the State of California, each school must achieve an 800 API – and that number isn’t even in the rear-view mirrors of our three schools. Across Oakland Unified’s results, the elementary schools fell well below this number by yielding a 758 average and 746 median. The city numbers still inched up four percent versus last year’s scores.
Anyway, the highest API scores are something Montclarions expect and probably don’t worry about very much. It’s like handing out gold stars to pupils who are used to receiving them.