Sixty-two percent of San Luis Obispo County schools have tested at or above the overall statewide goal in a measure of student academic achievement, according to state and federal test results released Monday.
Forty-two of the 68 schools in the county have scores higher than the target of 800 on the Academic Performance Index, measured on a scale of 200 to 1,000.
Of those, five elementary schools had API scores above 900: Branch in Arroyo Grande; Shell Beach; Bellevue-Santa Fe Charter, Los Ranchos and Teach, all in San Luis Obispo.
Julian Crocker, San Luis Obispo County’s superintendent of schools, likened the local performance to a “steady march.”
The measurements are based on state tests that students in grades two through 11 took last spring and from the California High School Exit Examination.
The data is used as an indicator of schools’ success by the state. Schools that don’t meet growth targets can be subject to greater scrutiny or intervention.
If a school fails to reach that bar for any student group, the school fails the federal standard. If a school fails for two consecutive years, it becomes a program improvement school. To be removed from the list schools must also meet the federal standards for two consecutive years.
This year, 21 local schools are in program improvements; last year, 16 schools were on the list.
Overall, 46 percent of all California schools are now at or above the overall statewide goal of 800 on the API.
“For the eighth year in a row, California schools have made gains in academic achievement and narrowing the achievement gap,” state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said.
- Cynthia Lambert and AnnMarie Cornejo