SACRAMENTO -- New test score rankings released Wednesday show the percentage of California schools meeting or exceeding the state's performance targets rose at all three levels: elementary, middle school and high school.
The rankings are available on a school-by-school basis, and offer educators, parents and community members a way to see how well their local schools are performing.
To view the new rankings, go to www.cde.ca.gov/api.
School rankings are on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest. The rankings are provided in two ways: Compared to all schools in the state, and compared to schools with similar socioeconomic characteristics.Click to learn more...
The rankings by the State Department of Education are based on tests given to California students in the spring of 2007. The tests provide the basis for the state's Base Academic Performance Index (API), which runs from 200 to 1,000. The state wants schools to score at 800 or above. Across the state, 36.7 percent of elementary schools met that performance target in 2007, as did 24.6 percent of middle schools and 14.5 percent of high schools. All three percentages were up over the prior year.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell said he was "pleased" by the rising scores.