The Pleasanton Unified School District's API scores for 2012 have risen. In 2011, it was ranked at 906 and is has risen to 915 for 2012. The Pleasanton Unified School District's rankings can be found here.
Statewide, a majority of schools met or surpassed the statewide target for academic achievement. That's the first time that's happened in the API rankings.
State Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced 53 percent of California schools finished above the target mark of 800 on the index. That was an increase of 4 percent over the previous year. Ten years ago, 20 percent of the state's schools surpassed the API target.
In this latest rankings, 59 percent of elementary schools, 49 percent of middle schools and 30 percent of high schools exceeded the state benchmark.
The API is a numeric index that ranges from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000.
“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.”
In addition to the API scores, the state superintendent's office also unveiled today an online accountability tool that puts a wide variety of academic results and other information about a school’s performance at the fingertips of parents and the public.
The new School Quality Snapshot can be found at http://www.cde.ca.gov/snapshot/