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Newhall leads in API scores among local elementary school districts

Posted: October 11, 2012 11:51 a.m.
Updated: October 11, 2012 11:50 a.m.
 

The Newhall School District led Santa Clarita Valley elementary school districts on statewide standardized test scores released today.

In addition, one of Newhall’s schools, Stevenson Ranch Elementary School, earned the top individual elementary school scores with a total number of 982. The scores are ranked on a scale of 200 to 1,000.

Stevenson Ranch also earned a National Blue Ribbon Award, it was announced this week.

Newhall’s districtwide Academic Performance Index increased from 903 to 906. The API scores are based on students’ standardized testing results.

Among other Santa Clarita Valley elementary school districts, Saugus Union School District’s API scores rose 14 points to 890.

At Sulphur Springs School District, APIs rose 12 points (844); Castaic Union School District saw a four-point decline (839) from last year’s score.

For the API numeric index, student group targets are set at 5 percent of the difference between the school or student group’s Base API score and the statewide target of 800, with a minimum target of 5 points, according to state officials.

All numerically significant student groups at a school must meet their growth targets for a school to meet its API growth target.

The scores are based on state standardized tests administered last June.

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

 

 

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