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SVUSD Schools All Well Above State Average in API Scores

All four schools showed improvement from last year's scores as well.

The California Academic Performance Index base report was released Thursday morning and all four Scotts Valley Unified School District schools scored well above the state average.

The API is a tool that the state uses in order to rate a school's performance on scale of 200 to 1,000. California's benchmark, or expected average is 800.

Brook Knoll Elementary School, home to 374 students, raised its API score from 920 in 2011 to 925. It also raised its scores among its subgroups—Latino students, socioeconomically disadvantaged student, and students with disabilities—with all three surpassing the 800 benchmark.

Vine Hill Elementary School has 395 students, and raised its API score from 882 in 2011 to 911. It also raised its scores among its subgroups—Latino students, socioeconomically disadvantaged student, English Learners and students with disabilities—with two out of the four surpassing the 800 benchmark.

Scotts Valley Middle School, home to 571 students, raised its API score from 902 in 2011 to 918. It also raised its scores among its subgroups—Latino students, socioeconomically disadvantaged student, English Learners and students with disabilities—with three out of the four surpassing the 800 benchmark.

And Scotts Valley High School, home to 565 students, raised its API score from 844 in 2011 to 864. Among its subgroups, the scores for Latino students and socioeconomically disadvantaged students went down, both below the 800 benchmark. The scores for English Learners and students with disabilities went up, but were both below the 800 benchmark.

Statewide, some 53 percent of schools scored at or above the state target of 800, an increase of 4 percentage points over last year, marking a decade of steady growth. Ten years ago, only 20 percent of schools met or surpassed the API target.

"We’ve set a high bar for schools and they have more than met the challenge, despite the enormous obstacles that years of budget cuts have put in their way,” Torlakson said. “The incredible efforts of teachers, administrators, school employees, parents, and students should serve as an inspiration to us all. While there’s still more work to do, California’s schools have earned a vote of confidence.”

Results released by the state show that 59 percent of elementary schools, 49 percent of middle schools, and 30 percent of high schools are now meeting the state benchmark.

School 2011 2012 +/- Brook Knoll Elementary School 920 925 +5 Student Subgroup Latino 859 871 +12 Socioeconomically Disadvantaged 808 882 +74 English Learners 854 NA NA students with disabilities 817 822

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School 2011 2012 +/- Vine Hill Elementary School 882 911 +29 Student Subgroup Latino 785 833 +48 Socioeconomically Disadvantaged 783 838 +55 English Learners 674 771 +97 students with disabilities 756 768 +12 School 2011 2012 +/- Scotts Valley Middle School 902 918 +16 Student Subgroup Latino 863 880 +17 Socioeconomically Disadvantaged 819 853 +34 English Learners 782 847 +65 students with disabilities 718 773 +55 School 2011 2012 +/- Scotts Valley High School 844 864 +20 Student Subgroup Latino 789 777 -12 Socioeconomically Disadvantaged 766 765 -1 English Learners 606 644 +38 students with disabilities 614 678 +64

*All API score information gathered from the California Department of Education's website.

**Individual students can fall under multiple subgroups.

Shannon Burkey (Editor) October 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM
What great scores by SV students. We really do have wonderful schools.
Diane Bianconi McNiel October 12, 2012 at 05:28 PM
Go Scotts Valley awesome job for our youth keep it up!!!!!!

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