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Glendale API scores trend upward

Individual schools continue to post strong numbers, with 24 of 28 scoring 800 or better.

August 31, 2011|By Megan O'Neil, megan.oneil@latimes.com

Glendale Unified improved its overall score to 851 for the 2010-11 school year on the Academic Performance Index, the all-important statewide measure of student achievement, according to data released Wednesday.

The district score improved nine points from the year before, putting it comfortably above the benchmark score of 800 set by the state.

Mountain Avenue Elementary School once again topped the list of high-performing Glendale schools, earning a score of 949, according to 2010-11 data released by the California Department of Education.

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Rounding out the top three were Monte Vista and Verdugo Woodlands elementary schools with scores of 939 and 932, respectively. The highest performing secondary schools were Rosemont Middle School, which scored 930, and Clark Magnet High School, with a score of 909.

“Being able to start with that sense of celebration is a boost in itself,” Mountain Avenue Principal Rebeca Witt said. “It can just spur you to do more than what you are doing.”

Scores on the Academic Performance Index, known as API, range from a low of 200 to a high of 1,000, and are based on how well students do on state standardized tests. They are a cornerstone of the accountability system for California public schools, and are generally considered an indication of the academic effectiveness of a school site.

They can also be a source of pride or despair — high scores are posted on school marquees and advertised in PTA fliers, while low scores can trigger hand-wringing and parent meetings.

Statewide, 55% of elementary schools, 43% of middle schools and 28% of high schools met the state API target of 800, according to the California Department of Education. San Marino and La Cañada school districts again ranked as No. 1 and 2, respectively, in the state.

Within Glendale Unified, six of 20 elementary schools broke the 900 mark, and 19 scored at least 800. Franklin Elementary School, in Southwest Glendale, was the exception — its API score tumbled 68 points to 777.

Five of the district’s eight secondary schools also topped 800. Roosevelt Middle School earned a score of 793, and Glendale and Hoover high schools notched scores of 768 and 776, respectively.

John Muir Elementary School in Southeast Glendale recorded the biggest improvement — its score jumped 27 points to 824.

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